Education leaders from Denmark, the Asian Development Bank, Vietnamese policy-makers, Vietnamese school and company beneficiaries attended a workshop in early January to review the first year of Danish-Vietnamese Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Project. The project’s main activities, success stories, pitfalls and common problems as well as policy recommendations were the major issues on table.
“All planned activities of TVET project such as establishing the Local Occupational Skills Councils (LOSC), skills assessment, curriculum development, capacity development (teachers, in-company trainers, managers) have been successfully executed. All expected stakeholders are actively involved and dialogue with other international donors has established,” Lise Lotte Toft, Danish Ministry of Education’s Head of Division for International Affairs, said in the workshop’s opening remarks.
“The direct cooperation between the two ministries in Denmark (Danish Ministry of Education) and Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) is rather new and has for the past two years opened new avenues for educational cooperation. The ministries share challenges in regards to shift in global division of labour and this way the TVET project is interesting for both the Danish and the Vietnamese parties,” commented Torben Schuster, the Senior Advisor from Danish Ministry of Education’s Department for Administration and International Relations.
Among other elements, the workshop looked at initiatives to encourage key players in the education sector to improve upon the linkage between technical and vocational institutions and industries aiming to bring training more in line with the requirements of industry and commerce.
In 2018, the project enters a test phase where the new structures and approaches is tested. Upon the project’s completion in the end of 2019, all experience and findings is gathered to prepare a white paper for MOLISA.
Launched in January 2017, Vietnam- Denmark TVET project is to bridge the skill gap and address emerging skills-needs in the industries of furniture and graphic design by developing an effective school-based TVET with industry links.