Centres of excellence for vocational education
Title: Reforming technical and vocational education and training in Viet Nam – activity area: ‘LILAMA 2 centre of excellence’
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA)
Overall term: 2010 to 2014 (2017)
Viet Nam is aiming to become an industrialised country by 2020, while following a path of ‘green’ growth. Vocational education is central to this aspiration, for the demand for skilled workers is increasing steadily as the economy continues to grow, new technical challenges emerge and the country pursues regional and international competitiveness. Although about 1.4 million people enter the labour market each year, there is a shortage of skilled workers and technicians with practical training. Only about 27% of workers currently have training that is relevant to the jobs they do, while just 15% have completed formal vocational training.
The Government of Viet Nam has therefore put vocational skills training and employment promotion at the heart of its development goals. By 2020, the proportion of trained workers should have risen to 55% from its current 30%. At the same time, vocational training should become more closely oriented to the needs of a green economy.
The centre of excellence LILAMA 2 is capable of offering needs-driven vocational education and training and further training in line with international standards.
This component of the programme ‘Reforming technical and vocational education and training in Viet Nam’ promotes the development of a network of centres of excellence for vocational education. In particular, it is supporting the ongoing development of the vocational college LILAMA 2 as a centre of excellence. As such, the programme is preparing the ground for a range of practical, high quality training courses that are in line with international standards. These will be aimed at occupations in sectors with particularly high growth potential, for example industrial mechanics, metalwork (with focus on machining and CNC), mechatronics and industrial electronics and electro-technology.
In cooperation with KfW Development Bank, theproject is procuring equipment for the new training courses It is also working in close coordination with the French Agency for Development (AFD), which is supporting LILAMA 2 with its courses in the fields of welding and telecommunications.
Results achieved so far
Through the training measures provided to date, the managers and teaching staff of the LILAMA College have extended their subject-related teaching skills in metalwork and electro-technology, as well as in specific areas of expertise such as quality management, HR development, workplace safety, and repairs and maintenance. A workshop management concept known as 5S, which addresses safety, orderliness and cleanliness in the workplace, has been piloted in the metal machining workshops. The training workshops for electro-technology are being redesigned to accommodate practical training that is of greater relevance to industry.