Lao-Korea partnership to further strengthen workers' IT skills
LAO PDR. The Star | The Vientiane Times/Asia News Network (16 March 2022) - The Sharing Culture and Arts Association of the Republic of Korea is supporting the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare to set up an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre to train more people in IT skills.
An agreement on cooperation in the construction of the centre was signed in Vientiane by the Director General of the Lao-Korea Skills Development Institute under the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Dr Bounma Sitthisom, and a representative of the Sharing Culture and Arts Association, Dr Yoo Hyun Sook.
Under the agreement, the two parties will work to strengthen IT capacity so that sufficient numbers of qualified individuals are available to meet the needs of the job market.
The centre will also provide Korean language lessons. It is envisaged that people who achieve sufficient competency in both ICT and Korean language will have the opportunity to apply for jobs in Korea.
The two parties will implement the agreed areas of cooperation through joint participation in workshops, seminars, meetings and conferences about the progress of the project.
The Sharing Culture and Arts Association will provide about US$300,000 for the construction of the ICT Centre, which will be equipped with the necessary software and other IT equipment.
The Lao-Korea Skills Development Institute will allocate and reserve land for the construction of the centre.
Dr Yoo Hyun Sook said construction of the centre is expected to get underway as soon as a feasibility study is completed at the end of this year.
“I would like to thank my partners who are unable to join us today due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. Without your tireless efforts we wouldn’t be where we are today,” she said.
“I would also like to express my greatest gratitude to the leadership within the Institute for realising the great importance of developing this particular sector,” she added.
The Sharing Culture and Arts Association is responsible for financing the project and will also provide technical staff to collaborate on the project in line with the terms of the agreement.
The Lao-Korea Skills Development Institute has been successful in raising vocational standards in the industrial, automotive, information and communications technology, and tourism and hospitality sectors, including hairdressing.
The planned ITC Centre is part of efforts to strengthen the skills of workers in vocational fields, with all institutes under the ministry employing these standards to develop curriculums which the labour sector has been upgrading.
Employers increasingly need skilled workers, but at present these cannot be supplied in sufficient quantities due to low standards of education across the country.
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