Experts urge creation of highly-skilled workforce
  • | nguoilaodong, | May 04, 2019 01:39 PM
Many experts have urged the government to have policies to support and develop a highly-skilled workforce for Vietnam.


A training course at Esuhai Company

The problem was discussed prior to the meeting between Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc with highly-skilled employees on May 5. This meeting is expected to be a foundation for the government to revise and plan more policies on the issue

Le Trong Son, director of Esuhai Company which is specialised in training and sending Vietnamese workers to Japan, said small and medium-sized firms played an important role in Japan's economic and industrial development. Despite the size, their companies use modern technology with skilled workers.

"Vietnam has potential in industrial development, especially in support industries but lacks a highly-skilled workforce. Sending Vietnamese workers to Japan to work and study is a shortcut to help Vietnam improve," he said.

However, Son was concerned about how this workforce would be supported and employed when they return to Vietnam, saying that they are being wasted. Many apprentices struggled to find jobs and turned to start-up projects. Many were unemployed and had to do other jobs so they had no chance to use what they had learned in Japan.

Nguyen Du, head of Dong A Institute of Economics and Technology said after World War 2, Japan had sent many people to Germany to work and study. China also has many people studied and worked in Japan, the US and EU before returning to the country. The industry can only improve when the skilled workforce develops.

"Each year, we send over 1,000 people to work in Germany for three to five years. They have the skills and earned certificates that are recognised globally," he said.

According to Du, being able to use highly-skilled workers will help boost the development of the hi-tech industry. If the government have suitable policies, Vietnam can improve and build a skilled workforce at home.

"The engineers returned from Germany can teach other employees if they can work on car manufacturing or support industries in Vietnam," he said.

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