A cooperation announcement was inked between Vietnamese and German ministries in Hanoi on March 18.

Present at the signing ceremony were representatives from the two sides, including Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Education and Training Tran Quang Quy, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Tran Ngoc Phi, and German Ambassador to Vietnam Jutta Frasch.

Under the announcement, schools and businesses at ministerial and State levels, German organisations in Vietnam encompassing German International Cooperation (GIZ), Business Association, delegations of Industry and Commerce, and embassy will work closely with the two Vietnamese ministries in human resource training.

Accordingly, the German side will provide internships for Vietnamese students as well as information on employer job requirements to help Vietnamese schools map out appropriate training plans, therefore contributing to generating more graduate jobs.

Vietnam’s rate of trained workers has continued to grow, from 16 percent in 2000 to 40 percent in 2010. However, the number of those workers who meet job requirements is still low and in need of improvement.

Close cooperation between German firms and the Vietnamese education system is expected to address the current shortage of skilled workers in Vietnam.-VNA