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More than 300 high-ranking officials, experts gathered in person and online for the workshop on “Leveraging TVET system for Digital Skill development and Skill Mobility in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution" on August 25.

The workshop provided an opportunity to share reflections after the collaboration, while inviting the international and national experts to share their insight on the priority areas for improvement in the skills development of Vietnamese workers.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Vietnam and the General Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET) under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs completed their 24-month collaboration that promoted free-to-access learning courses via online learning platform congdanso.edu.vn.

The programme has attracted more than 15,000 people since its launch and contributed to the upskilling of Vietnamese workers, especially migrant workers in industrial areas.

IOM chief of mission, Park Mihyung said, “Investing in skills development in Vietnam is crucial. It helps people get better jobs and work more productively, which makes the country stronger in the world economy. That’s why IOM takes pride in our work, especially our e-learning platform. It improves access for low-skilled workers and migrant workers to gain essential skills, such as technical, soft, and digital skills. This reduces their vulnerability, helps them navigate in the digital environment, making them more adaptable and resilient.”

According to Mihyung, the online learning platform is just one of the prime examples of how IOM, the government agencies, and the private sector collaborate to create innovative solutions.

“Together, we are supporting Vietnam’s goal of elevating its vocational education to gradually match top regional countries by 2030, with a vision to 2045,” she added.

The project also supported the DVET in producing “Reference Book on Digital Transformation in Vocational Education and Training,” which aims to provide the national TVET policymakers and relevant stakeholders with practical guidance in exploring different priorities and issues related to digital transformation.

The IOM and the DVET will continue to leverage and update the online learning platform and toolkits developed from the project to contribute to skills development for the Vietnam labour force, and engage with various stakeholders, including companies and employers, to expand this model.

Despite strong economic growth, high youth unemployment in the country at around 7.6 per cent has been raising concerns for policymakers, resulting in the national plans and policies that prioritiseTVET reform, reskilling and upskilling.

In particular, the Industrial Revolution 4.0 has increased the sense of urgency in understanding the changing jobs landscape and aligning the conventional vocational education and training system to meet the actual skills demands.

The collaboration with IOM focused on addressing the immediate skills needs of the current workforce while showcasing the potential of online learning platform to relevant stakeholders–from TVET instructors to students, workers, and policymakers.

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Quelle/Source: Vietnam Investment Review, 27.08.2023

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