Ministry organises free vocational training for 1,000 workers affected by COVID-19

Target trainees of this course are unemployed persons or underemployed workers who are at high risks of losing their job due to COVID-19 in eight cities and provinces.

Illustrative image. Photo: TVET

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the employment situation in Vietnam. According to a recent survey by the General Statistic Office, the number of employed workers has seen the largest drop in the last 10 years.

As of June, 30.8 million persons aged 15 and above in the country had been negatively affected by COVID-19, including those who lost their jobs, were laid off temporarily or had to take turns with others, had their work hours reduced, or had their income cut.

The German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has cooperated with the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET), Departments of Labour invalids and Social Affairs (DoLISA) and TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) institutes in eight provinces: Bac Ninh, Ha Tinh, Ninh Thuan, Nha Trang, An Giang, Long An, Ho Chi Minh city and Dong Nai to offer short training courses for impacted workers.

Target trainees are unemployed persons or underemployed workers who are at high risks of losing their job due to COVID-19.

The training courses focus on industrial occupations including mechanics, industrial electrics and electronics, plumbing, building electronics, automotive and wastewater treatment. The courses last up to two months.

Besides free tuition fee, trainees will also be supported with food, travel and accommodation allowance. After successful completion of training, they will be granted with a certificate.

The courses are running in October and November 2020, benefiting at least 1.000 people affected by the COVID-19 epidemic.

Phuong Minh