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Vietnam’s goal that 80% of students graduating from IT, electronics, and telecommunications be work-place ready by 2020 is under threat. Recent statistics have shown that 72% of IT students lack practical experience, 42% have no teamwork skills, and 100% are unsure of their employment sector. Businesses have reported having to retrain 72% of new recruits, to meet the demands of their jobs.
The Vietnamese government has been working towards a 40% skilled labour force by 2015. By 2020, they want to increase this proportion to 55% of the total workforce. However, 77% of the current workforce is classified as untrained or unskilled.
Le & Associates HR Solutions Corporation (LA) has joined forces with Saigon Polytechnic College (SPC), a vocational college, in order to meet the labour demand. The ambition is that the skilled workers will not work only in Vietnam, but also be exported to other ASEAN countries within the next three years. Skilled workers in nursing, pharmacy, midwifery, hospitality management, mechanics, and electronics will be the main priority for training and education.
“Every year, SPC trains thousands of students and LA needs to recruit and train thousands of staff to supply businesses… This is another step forward for both sides to complete the business chain of value and to proactively meet the demand for human resources of the society and economy. In addition to expanding business activity, this cooperation helps to reduce financial waste for students’ families and enhance labour quality and business value,” said Mr Ngo Dinh Duc, general director of LA.
“A high quality output is a major measure which is used to evaluate the effectiveness of a training program. In order to meet the high demand of current recruitment requirements and the quality of training, our school needs to update to a higher level to satisfy all the needs that a business is looking for. During 2012 – 2017, our strategy is to focus on developing a training program that goes along with business’ demands,” said Dr Chau Van Duong, principal of Saigon Polytechnic College.