From the 15 – 18th of January 2018, The Department for International Trade (DIT) led a UK trade mission to Vietnam including more than 10 universities, colleges and private organisations, with a focus on vocational training opportunities.

Vietnam’s labour force is growing at more than 1 million people per year. It aims to become an industrialised country by 2020 but there is a shortage of skilled workers and technicians with practical training; only 27% of workers have training relevant to their job and only 15% have completed formal vocational training. The Vietnamese Government wants to tailor its vocational training to the needs of the business community and is promoting the expansion of vocational education and training provision and improvements to the quality of training.

This two-centre Mission brought awareness to the opportunities within Vietnam’s key industriess including: Automotive, Textiles & Garments, Construction, Hospitality, English Language, ICT and soft skills. The automotive sector is particularly important given the development of a domestic car manufacturing operation by a local conglomerate and a partnership between Sunderland University and Nissan.

Participants had the opportunity to gain detailed insight into the TVET opportunities in Vietnam:

– Vietnam vocational training quality assurance and accreditation

– Overview about TVET and trends in Ho Chi Minh City and southern provinces

– Overview about labour and vocational training

– Demands and opportunities in Da Nang

– Overview on the cooperation between vocational education and training units and business

– Policies to encourage enhancement between vocational college and business in Vietnam

The event consisted of 1-2-1 meetings, two-way workshop sessions, mini-exhibitions and a wide range of site visits to colleges in both Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi with the opportunity to network with key stakeholders.

For more detail on similar vocational opportunities in Vietnam, please contact Le Hanh Le, DIT Vietnam, at









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