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The Directorate of Vocational Education and Training Engages with the Singapore Trade Union Congress (NTUC) Delegation
16:53' 3/28/2024

On July 20, 2023, Dr. Pham Vu Quoc Binh, Deputy Director General of the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET), convened a meeting with the Singapore Trade Union Congress (NTUC) delegation led by Mr. Richard Tan, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Member of the Board of Directors of NTUC. Also present at the meeting were representatives of leaders and experts from various departments including the DVET Office, Department of Vocational Skills, Department of Formal Training, and Department of Regular Training.

Deputy Director General Pham Vu Quoc Binh provided the NTUC delegation with an overview of Viet Nam's vocational education system, encompassing key aspects such as the number of vocational education institutions, enrollment statistics, training levels, national qualifications framework, vocational skills development, and initiatives for high-quality vocational training. Additionally, he outlined the measures undertaken by Viet Nam's vocational education system amidst the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, including the adoption of online training, utilization of technology in teaching and learning, adaptation to labor mobility changes, technological advancements, and the introduction of policies to incentivize participation in vocational education.

Deputy Director General Pham Vu Quoc Binh (3rd from right) exchanged information at the working session

Following Deputy Director General Pham Vu Quoc Binh's presentation, Mr. Richard Tan introduced members of the Singapore National Trade Union Congress, comprising 58 industry unions, 7 professional associations, 13 social enterprises, and over 1 million trade union members. He expressed NTUC's interest in learning from DVET's experiences in enhancing workers' skills and adapting to technological changes amidst Viet Nam's digital transformation and its response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, as well as seeking insights into support policies for workers and businesses in such circumstances.

NTUC delegation leader Richard Tan (Sitting in the middle) exchanged information at the meeting

After sharing Viet Nam's strategies to support workers and TVET institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, Deputy Director General Pham Vu Quoc Binh emphasized DVET's commitment to fostering an open, interconnected, and modern vocational education system, geared towards establishing a lifelong learning society. He underscored DVET's focus on both the quantity and quality of training, with particular attention given to marginalized groups in society as mandated by the Party and the State.

Viet Nam's target by 2025 is to upgrade the knowledge and skills of 50% of the workforce. To achieve this objective, DVET has identified several solutions, including developing supportive policies for employee training, fostering collaboration between employees, employers, and enterprises with the DVET, promoting research on the national vocational skills assessment system, creating tools and platforms for self-study, and implementing programs to recognize and incentivize skills acquisition among employees.

Concluding the meeting, Deputy Director General Pham Vu Quoc Binh expressed appreciation for the productive exchange with the NTUC delegation and expressed hope for continued collaboration and development of specific cooperation initiatives between DVET and NTUC in the future.

Source: DVET Office


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