GIZ-Run Program Offers Free TVET Courses to 800 People in Vietnam in 2020

The Program Reform of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Vietnam, run by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), offered short-term TVET courses to 800 learners in Vietnam in July-December 2020, state media reported. The courses aimed to help laborers, who are negatively affected by COVID-19 pandemic, such as unemployed people seeking employment, employed people with reduced working hours and high risk of unemployment, and others. The GIZ cooperated with 10 TVET colleges across Vietnam to offer courses in industrial electricity, home electricity, automobile technology, water treatment, food safety and processing, and others. The training durations are between four and eight weeks. So far, 34 courses were deployed with 1,100 people registering to join. At an event on January 6 on the program, the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs (MoLISA)’s Department of Employment anticipated that Vietnam would have 30,000-40,000 people losing jobs monthly in 2021 in case that COVID-19 is under control. If COVID-19 is not under control, the figures could reach 50,000-60,000, especially in sectors of producing, apparel and footwear, electronics, and others. (Tuoi Tre, gdnn, Thanh Nien)