ILO and the Programme "Reform of TVET in Viet Nam" join efforts to promote Sector Skill Councils
A crucial step towards the establishment of Sector Skills Councils as mechanism to secure effective involvement of the business sector in TVET was achieved during the workshop “Establishment and Operation of Sector Skill Councils, international experiences and recommendations for Viet Nam” which took place within the National Forum “Skilling Up Viet Nam” in Hanoi in November 2019 . The Forum was co-organised by the Ministry of Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) with support of the Vietnamese-German Programme “Reform of TVET in Viet Nam” (TVET Programme).
The highlight of the workshop was the announcement of MOLISA’s approval of the establishment of two National Sector Skill Councils, a council in the agricultural sector supported by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and a council in the tourism sector supported by Australia. The approval of the establishment of the two Sector Skills Councils is a direct result of the joint advise by the TVET Programme and ILO on the new Labour Code which was promulgated on 20 November 2019 and sets the legal basis for the establishment of Sector Skills Councils as concrete mechanism to enhance the cooperation with the business sector in TVET.
The Agriculture Sector Skills Council will update skill requirements, provide technical advice on the development of national occupational skills standards and training curricula for schools and work-based training. Dr Nguyen Hong Minh, General Directorate of the Department of Vocational Education and Training (DVET), highly appreciated this model and expressed his hope that with the deep and thorough involvement of the business sector, the pilot will serve as an effective mechanism to timely reflect the needs of the labour market, and thus to reduce skill gaps and shortages in the respective sector.
At the National Forum, Dr Juergen Hartwig, Director of the Vietnamese-German Programme “Reform of TVET in Viet Nam”, also affirmed: “Advisory boards at TVET institutes, on sectoral and national levels are concrete mechanisms for the business sector to be part of all TVET phases from policy advisory, developing training standards and programmes to training implementation, assessment and certification. This model should also be implemented in other sectors and be part of a holistic TVET governance structure.”
In the upcoming time, within the framework of the GIZ and ILO Memorandum of Understanding to support the Government in the reform of the TVET sector in Viet Nam, which was signed in July 2019, ILO and the TVET Programme will continue their joint efforts to promote Sector Skill Councils to secure the greater involvement of the business sector in TVET.