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Denmark-Vietnam vocational training project proves effective

Thanh Ha
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Denmark-Vietnam vocational training project proves effective

Thanh Ha

Torben Schuster, senior advisor from the Danish Ministry of Education’s Department for Administration and International Relations, the project manager, speaks at the workshop - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER

The Danish-Vietnamese Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) project has effectively connected colleges and enterprises after a year of implementation in Vietnam, heard a workshop to review the first year of the project held in HCMC last Friday.

At the workshop, Lise Lotte Toft, head of the Division for International Affairs in the Danish Ministry of Education, said all planned activities of the TVET project have been successfully executed such as the establishment of local occupational skills councils, skill assessment, curriculum improvement and trainer capacity development. Besides, all expected stakeholders are actively involved in the project and dialogues with other international donors have been held.

Vietnam is the unique country in Southeast Asia that Demark has cooperated to implement the project, Lise Lotte Toft added.

Torben Schuster, senior advisor at the Danish Ministry of Education’s Department for Administration and International Relations and the project manager, told the workshop that the two-year project has involved enterprises in the curriculum development and developed students’ skills to meet the market demand.

However, it is time-consuming to implement the project while resources are scarce, especially time and money, and incentives are not adjusted in a flexible way.

Truong Anh Dung, deputy general director of the Directorate of Vocational Training under the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, highly valued the project and expected Denmark would continue supporting Vietnam in vocational training.

The TVET project which was launched in January last year is aimed at strengthening cooperation between school, enterprises and authorities,  narrowing the gap between students’ skills and what is required by enterprises specializing in furniture and graphic design sectors, and developing a work-based learning environment for students.

Its steering committee consists of the Danish Embassy in Vietnam, the Danish Ministry of Education and Vietnam’s Ministries of Labor-Invalids-Social Affairs and Education-Training.

The project has been piloted in four Vietnamese colleges, namely Hanoi Industrial Vocational College, North-Eastern Vocational College of Technology, Agriculture and Forestry, Southern Technology and Agro-forestry Vocational College and HCMC Vocational College.

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