Labour market-oriented training was a common trend in developed countries across the region and throughout the world that Vietnam needs to follow, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said at the Regional Technical and Vocational Education and Training Conference in Hanoi on October 10.

The two-day conference, which brought together about 250 participants from 14 countries, was co-organised by the German Academy for International Co-operation (GIZ) and the Vietnam Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).

The Deputy PM said Vietnam's labour force must meet the professional standards of the regional and global labour markets to integrate into the world economy and this was especially important as the country must ensure a quality work force for becoming an industrial one as targeted by 2020.

He also cited reforms in management and training as well as application of scientific and technological knowledge as solutions to creating breakthroughs in quality training.

Vietnam, therefore, needed to strengthen co-operations with ASEAN and developed nations, including Germany, to learn from their experiences and successes in vocation training, especially enterprise-linked training.

Horst Sommer, Director of Vietnamese - German Reform Programme for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, said Germany would focus on helping Vietnam raise the practical skills of vocational trainers and promote training courses which engaged enterprises' involvement.

Hans-Jurgen Beerfeltz, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, said Germany would provide financial aid to construct a vocational training centre of international standards in Vietnam. The project is expected to be completed by 2015.

Nguyen Tien Dung, Director of MOLISA's General Department of Vocational Training, said Vietnam will follow the standards of Malaysia in the region and those of Germany in vocational training.

He said technical and vocational training of high quality following Malaysian standards will be piloted in eight vocational schools.

The National Institute for Vocational Training's 2011 report revealed that as of July 2011, Vietnam had more than 51.3 million people aged 15 or above entering the labour force, accounting for more than 58 percent of the entire population. Among whom, 71.5 percent lived in rural areas

Of the population aged 15 or above, the number of people who never graduated from primary school and were illiterate accounted for over 17 percent.

According to MOLISA, vocationally trained workers accounted for 32 percent of the total labour force in Vietnam.-VNA