Free TVET short course for labours affected by Covid-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has created severe impacts to the labour market. According to the recent survey by Vietnam’s General Statistic Office, the number of employed workers has witnessed the largest drop in the last 10 years. As of June 2020, 30.8 million persons aged 15 and over in the country were negatively affected by the COVID-19, including those who had lost their jobs, had to be layoff partly or to take turn to work, had to reduce their work hours, and had their income reduced.
In response to this, GIZ, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has cooperated with the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET) under MoLISA, Departments of Labour invalids and Social Affairs (DoLISA) and TVET institutes in eight provinces: Bac Ninh, Ha Tinh, Ninh Thuan, Nha Trang, An Giang, Long An, Ho Chi Minh city and Dong Nai to offer short training courses for impacted workers. Target trainees are unemployed persons or underemployed workers who are at high risks of losing their job due to Covid-19.
The training courses focus on industrial occupations which are more resilient to the impacts of the COVID-19 compared to sectors as tourism, hospitality or textile. The selected occupations include mechanics, industrial electrics and electronics, plumbing, building electronics, automotive and wastewater treatment. The training programmes of these occupations have been piloted at 11 TVET institutes since 2017 within the scope of the Vietnamese-German programme “Reform of TVET in Viet Nam”.
“These demand oriented programmes follow a modular approach and are based on German standards. They can be quickly adjusted into short-term training courses and disseminated by the TVET institutes. The courses are offered by well-trained and highly competent teachers using modern machines supported by the German development cooperation”, said Mr Nguyen Phan Anh Quoc, Rector of Ninh Thuan Vocational College, one of the TVET institutes offering the courses.
“The short-term courses rapidly equip trainees with technical skills and allow them to return to employment and thus improve their livelihoods. A well-trained labour force will also significantly help companies to contribute to economic recovery”, shared Dr Juergen Hartwig, GIZ Programme Director, Vietnamese-German Programme “Reform of TVET in Vietnam”.
The courses last up to two months. Besides free tuition fee, trainees will also be supported with food, travel and accommodation allowance. After successful completion of training, they will be granted with a certificate. The courses are planned to run in October and November 2020, benefiting at least 1.000 people affected by the Covid-19 epidemic.