The Hanoitimes - In the period 2010-2016, over 5 million rural labourers attended vocational training courses, with 40% of them enrolled in agricultural courses, Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung said at a conference in Hanoi on March 23.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs jointly held a national conference in Hanoi on March 23 on the implementation of vocational training for labourers in rural areas.
Speaking at the conference, Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung stressed the importance of matching the training with the conditions and existing production models in each area.
At the conference
According to the report of the MARD’s Department of Cooperative Economy, in 2016, positive changes were recorded in vocational training for labourers in rural areas.
During 2010-2016, over 5 million rural labourers participated in vocational training courses, with 40% of them enrolled in agricultural courses. After receiving training, 80% of labourers found new jobs or continued their jobs but with higher productivity and income, the report showed.
Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of northern mountainous Cao Bang province reported that the province faces many difficulties in vocational training to farmers due to a large ethnic minority population with backward production practices and poor infrastructure system.
The province has chosen 27 occupations suitable for the locality’s conditions, focusing on breeding and cultivation in association with processing, the Chairman added.
The locality has also called for stronger engagement of businesses’ investment in the field, he said. In 2016, Cao Bang gave vocational training to over 1,000 labourers, he noted, adding that in 2017-2020, the province will strive to train more than 4,000 labourers each year.
Speaking at the meeting, Minister of of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong said his ministry targets to give vocational training to 5.5 million rural labourers in the 2016-2020 period, with 1.4 million to be trained in agriculture and the remaining in other occupations.
Of the total, 3.84 million labourers will receive under-three-month training, with an aim of at least 80% of them finding new jobs or increasing productivity and income from their existing jobs, the minister said.
The programme will require total investment of VND12.6 trillion (US$552.76 million), of which VND7.74 trillion (US$339.5 million) is to be sourced from the State budget, VND3.4 trillion (US$149.1 million) will come from local budget and over VND1.45 trillion (US$63.6 million) from other sources, he said.
The major objectives of the project is to enhance quality and effectiveness of vocational training to raise income for rural labourers, focusing on training in non-agricultural occupations, thus enabling trainees to work in industry, handicraft and service sectors.
Translated by Nguyen Minh
Source: Anh Ngoc-Kinhtedothi.vn