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5/23/2018 8:55:26 PM

Lack of soft skills demands a shift in vocational training

(VNF) - On May 23rd, in Hanoi, Plan International Vietnam with Hanoi Industry Vocational College (HNIVC) and the College of Urban Works Construction (CUWC) held a workshop publishing soft skills teaching materials and share experiences in integrating soft skills in the vocational training program.

The soft skills training materials for teachers.

Whether or not youth are enrolled in school, receiving training or working, has important implications for future economic growth, development and stability. If overlooked, youth unemployment has a potential to have significant and serious social repercussions. Youth unemployment can lead to social exclusion and unrest. Investing in decent job creation however, as well as in education and training opportunities for the youth, will help them find their place and contribute to more prosperous and stable societies.

Moreover, the key skills employers seek in Vietnamese workers are soft skills – like verbal and written, communication skills, critical thinking the ability to work collaboratively in teams and to influence others.

These skills are rated as being important across all jobs and industries. And employees not having these skills costs businesses time and money per year.

Developing these skills in young people will require not only a shift in subject matter, but also a change in how students are taught.

In order to meet this practical need, the project on vocational training for disadvantaged youth has developed a set of 60-hour soft skills training materials, including training materials for teachers and practice books for students. The materials are based on the current status of educational level and skills of young people who are attending vocational training programs and quality human resource requirements of enterprises in the capital.

Vocational training providers should pay more attention to quality to help Vietnamese workers integrate globally and prepare for the fourth industrial revolution, representative from the General Department of Vocational Training said.

The training available now need to meet the demands of enterprises, the market and global integration, he added.

At the workshop in the Hanoi Industry Vocational College.

According to Le Quynh Lan, Hanoi Program Unit Manager of Plan Vietnam, after two years of implementation and application, the training materials has been tested with more than 2,000 students of two vocational schools. The training curriculum will be adjusted to suit all groups of disadvantaged youth whose educational level is limited.

At the workshop, the editorial team shared the process of developing, testing and perfecting the materials and teachers shared the soft skills integration experience in parallel vocational training program.

Following the presentations by the editorial team, teachers and representatives of student, participates engaged in discussion on application the soft skills training program in vocational schools, the views of the state management agency on the introduction of soft skills training programs into the vocational training programs, and the enterprises’s opinions; and the appropriateness of the skills mentioned in this material./.

Minh Chau  
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