On 14 April 2022, the Australian Embassy in Vietnam and Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) launched Australia’s next phase of support for Vietnam’s vocational education and training (VET). Over the past four years, Aus4Skills strengthened the engagement of Vietnam’s logistics industry in VET to help ensure that students graduate with the skills required by logistics employers.
Since 2017, more than 5,300 Vietnamese vocational students have benefitted from improved teaching quality in colleges supported by Aus4Skills. Enrolments in logistics courses in these colleges have increased eight-fold. Graduates from these colleges are in higher demand due to their job readiness.
This next phase of support, valued up to AUD13.8 million (roughly equivalent to VND246 billion), commenced in 2021 and will see this successful model extended over four years (2021-2025). The program is designed to help Vietnam upskill its workforce – a crucial ingredient for Vietnam to meet its ambitious 2045 target of being a high-income country. This work will focus on the logistics sector. Logistics is a priority for Vietnam as it is expected to contribute 8-10 per cent of GDP by 2025. It is also a sector Australia has considerable experience in.
Australia’s assistance, provided by our Aus4Skills program, will focus on continued cooperation with MOLISA’s Directorate for Vocational Education and Training, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, colleges and industry partners. The project activities, with continued linkages and inputs from industry, will offer professional development for Vietnamese vocational teachers, managers and leaders, frameworks to ensure quality training and curriculum that matches the needs of industry. Australia’s support will also continue to provide access to training and employment in the logistics sector to women and people with disabilities. Logistics has traditionally been viewed as an industry for men, despite the skills and capabilities that women offer.
“In Vietnam, logistics is identified as an important service industry of the national economy that supports connectivity and economic development. A skilled workforce is key to developing the logistics industry. With the onset of Aus4Skills VET Phase 2, I strongly believe this is another step to realise a shared vision of Australia and Vietnam to upskill the workforce in Vietnam,” said MOLISA Vice Minister Le Tan Dung.
H.E. Ms Robyn Mudie, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam said, “Australia remains committed to supporting Vietnam’s next stage of development, including through strengthening the skills of Vietnam’s workforce. A skilled workforce will help ensure that domestic industries can remain competitive, which is critical to advancing Vietnam’s economic growth and post-pandemic recovery. Australia is pleased to share with Vietnam, through the Aus4Skills program, its own experience in building a dynamic, industry-led VET system.”
For further information, please contact:
- Ms Nguyen Thu Hang, Senior Program Manager, Australian Embassy at 84-24-37740171, email: [email protected]
- Mr Nguyen Thanh Cong, Vice Head of International Relations and General Affairs Division, DVET, MOLISA at 0987996866, email: [email protected]