Vocational training support amid COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday, 20/10/2020, 18:14 [GMT+7]

Vocational training support amid COVID-19 pandemic

Thanks to the sponsorship from German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), Nha Trang College of Technology has provided vocational training support for the out-of-work due to COVID-19 pandemic. The support has not only helped improve labor skills but also provide more work opportunities.
 
For the last 2 weeks, more than 70 people in Khanh Hoa have taken 2 theory and practice classes on industrial electricity and car repair and maintenance at Nha Trang College of Technology. Most of the learners are temporarily laid off due to coronavirus pandemic impacts. They take the classes to improve their skills as well as search for more work opportunities.
 

 

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A practice class on car maintenance. 
 
 
 
Nguyen Van Bo, Vinh Tho Ward, Nha Trang City used to work as a coach driver at Quang Hanh Trading & Service Co., Ltd and earn more than VND7 million/ month. However, he has been out of work since June and got unemployment benefit worth over VND2 million/ month. He has taken advantage of the unemployment to take a class on car repair and maintenance. “Working as a driver for more than 7 years, I know a bit about car machines, so I choose this class as I find it suitable for my career. The class is mostly on practice. The teaching is well structured so I can get the knowledge and learn skills quickly. In addition, tuition exemption together with travel, dining and lodging assistance are offered to learners,” he said.
 
Nguyen Quoc Thang, Vinh Hai Ward, Nha Trang City has worked as a coach driver for a tourism business for 8 years. The business is forced to cut jobs due to COVID-19, putting him out of work since April. In early October, he by chance knew about the free vocational training. He has taken a 2-month vocational class which is due to finish at the same time when his 8-month unemployment benefits end. He hopes he will find another job related to the trade he has learnt then.
 
Huynh Thanh Long, Director of Nha Trang Vocational Education Center, Nha Trang College of Technology says, the center has suggested GIZ would sponsor vocational training for locals with the hope to help the unemployed due to COVID-19 impacts to soon get back to work. The activity is in the cooperation program on vocational training reforms in Vietnam between Vietnam and Germany implemented by the General Department of Vocational Training (the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids & Social Affairs) in 8 cities and provinces nationwide.
 
Khanh Hoa is the only central province benefiting from the support with 72 people having taken 2-month classes on car repair and maintenance for free together with meal and lodging assistance for learners. When graduating, learners will be presented vocational certificates and offered grants of EUR100 or VND2.7 million. In the coming time, funding from GIZ is expected to continue to open such vocational classes to help locals improve professional skills as well as learn new trade.
 
The training program is designed to enhance skilled workforce and adaptation to new work environment. The program has helped the temporarily unemployed to improve their skills and thus get more chances to find new work after months-long struggle during the COVID-19, according to Phan Van Lai, Chief of the Training Department of Nha Trang College of Technology.
 
Van Giang
Translated by N.T