Occupational education prepares for ASEAN integration hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VOV World)
Hanoi (VNA) – A conference to discuss opportunities and challenges in occupational education amid ASEAN integration opened in Hanoi on January 18.

The General Directorate of Vocational Training and the Ministry of Labour- Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) organised the event, aiming to collect suggestions for succesful integration in the area from occupational social organisations, experts, and vocational education units. 

Delagates acknowledged that the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) targets creating a single market with a free flow of goods, services, investment ,capital and skilled labour. It will help increase competitiveness and bolster prosperity in the region. 

Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) allow skilled labourers in eight recognised occupations to move freely among countries. These include engineer, nurse, architect, surveyor , accountant, doctor, dentist and tour guide.

The ASEAN Community’s formation has brought more favorable opportunities and challenges for Vietnam’s occupational education and other sectors. However, Vietnam’s work force quality is considered relatively poor, with low labour productivity and an irrational labour structure.

They suggested that Vietnam reinforce its educational system with higher requirements set for learners after graduation, in order to prepare the country for its integration into ASEAN in terms of occupational education.

In order to implement the Prime Minister’s decision 2448/QD-TTg dated December 16, 2013 on international integration for education and vocational training, the ministry has planned several programmes to impove the country’s occupational education network, aiming to meet regional and international standards.-VNA