Vocational training centres in the southern province of Kien Giang provided job training to more than 21,000 young labourers in 2014.

About 50 percent of them involved agricultural work and the rest was in industrial production.

Deputy Chairman of Kien Giang province's Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Le Huu Hung, said vocational courses had provided labourers with higher paid jobs.

Seventy five percent of vocational course graduates found new jobs immediately, Hung said.

In recent years, authorities in Giang Thanh district, which largely contains Khmer ethnic people, sped up vocational training and provided economic models for rural people.

Ta Van Tham, deputy chief of the district's labour and social affairs office, said his office and grass-roots authorities had met the demand for apprentices.

Le Thi Diem, mother of two, living at Vinh Phu commune, said after a two-month vocational course, she opened a tailor shop in her home and soon had a much better life.

The 40-year-old woman is not alone. Giang Thanh District has provided 15 vocational courses in tailoring, poultry and pig breeding and aquaculture for 400 labourers. Nearly half had found jobs.

Tham said trainees who were farmers and aquaculture breeders, immediately applied lessons from the courses and quickly improved their incomes.-VNA