Vietnam strives to have 62 percent of labourers trained hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam sets a target of having 60-62 percent of its labourers trained by the end of 2019, of whom 24-25 percent will be granted certificates.

The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) said it will coordinate with other sectors and localities to support job generation for about 100,000 workers through loans from the National Employment Fund.

The ministry will focus on improving vocational education quality and providing employment consultancy for around 2 million people. It will work to send more than 100,000 labourers abroad this year.

According to the MOLISA, in 2018, the country created jobs for nearly 1.65 million workers, surpassing the yearly plan by 3 percent. Of them, over 1.5 million obtained jobs at home while the remaining were sent to work abroad.

The rate of trained workers hit 58 percent and the unemployment rate in urban areas was kept under 4 percent.

2019 is considered a promising year for Vietnam’s labour export with a series of potential markets with good jobs and salaries are opening door for Vietnamese workers overseas.

Japan continues to be a favourite destination for many Vietnamese workers, according to the MOLISA’s Overseas Worker Management Department.

The number of Vietnamese workers going to Japan to work this year is expected to increase strongly after the Japan’s Cabinet last month approved an immigration bill to introduce 345,000 blue-collar foreign workers in the next five years. The bill, which will take effect from April 2019, opens more job opportunities for Vietnamese workers.-VNA