Applying the G20 Training Strategy in Viet Nam (Phase 2)

Social partners discuss sectoral Skills governance strategies in Viet Nam

The G20 Training Strategy project aims to enhance the relevance of education and training outcomes to labour market demands and to build the capacity of those engaged on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) through assisting the constituents to develop or improve their systems of national and sectoral Skills governance.

News | Da Nang, Viet Nam | 20 July 2018
Panel discussion on Systems of TVET Governance
Viet Nam`s Directorate for Vocational Education and Training (DVET) and the ILO co-hosted a training workshop entitled "Systems of Sectoral TVET Governance" with focus on the Tourism Sector as part of the Russian Federation funded project “Applying the G20 Training Strategy: A partnership of the ILO and the Russian Federation”. The G20 Training Strategy aims to enhance the relevance of education and training outcomes to labour market demands and to build the capacity of those working in the TVET sector to develop systems for national and sectoral Skills Development.

According to Ministry of Culture Sports and Tourism, Viet Nam’s growing Tourism & Hospitality sector with more than 12 million foreign visitors in 2017, represents a large and important component of the Vietnamese economy. In order to match the demand for skilled workers in the sector, Viet Nam’s 192 training institutions offering training programs in Tourism and Hospitality are actively interested to work closely with the private sector to be able to deliver the appropriate training for the existing and future labour force. To achieve this aim, DVET has taken the task of upgrading the country’s Skills Development governance system, this workshop representing the starting point towards designing and piloting a Vietnamese TVET governance model in the Tourism & Hospitality sector.

The 2-day workshop was organized in Da Nang city, a geographically central location in Viet Nam, which has seen unprecedented growth in the Tourism & Hospitality sector for the last decades. The city is today a tourism hub by itself, located between the ancient imperial capital of Hue and the city of Hoi An, Da Nang has seen an annual average growth on visitors of 20.6 percent for the period 2013-2017. Within this context, Da Nang is a clear example of Viet Nam’s continued commitment to improve the quality of services in the Tourism & Hospitality sector in order to take full advantage of the country’s naturally and culturally rich landscape.

The training workshop was opened by Mr Tran Quoc Huy, DVET’s Chief of Directorate Office and Mr Cezar Dragutan, ILO’s Chief Technical Adviser of the Project. The event was honoured with the participation of Mr Evgeny Parshutkin, Attaché, Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Da Nang. During the workshop, Ms Akiko Sakamoto and Mr Paul Comyn, ILO senior experts on Skills for Employability presented international practices on TVET Governance, some of the elements touched upon during the workshop were: policy and strategy, labour market information, quality assurance and financing.

Participants to the workshop included high level staff of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Ministry of Culture Sports and Tourism, Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, as well as representatives from workers, employers and TVET institutions among other stakeholders. During the event, participants were given the opportunity to reflect and discuss international models of TVET governance as well as initiatives in establishment and operation of sectoral skill governance models in Vietnam and their applicability in Viet Nam towards the establishment of a pilot Sectoral Skills Council (SSC) for the Tourism & Hospitality sector to govern all Skills Development related matters in the country with the aim of improving Viet Nam´s quality of services in the sector and its competitiveness vis-à-vis regional competitors.

Participants highlighted the importance of private sector coordination in Human Resources (HR) related matters and the importance of the private sector in shaping public policy on Skills Development. Although Private sector participation was stressed, participants also agreed on the important role of the government to set up the appropriate legal framework and to coordinate TVET Governance bodies` structure and functions and on the role of Trade Unions within the design and implementation initiatives planned within the sector.

The workshop was conducted within the context of a series of G20TS Project activities in Viet Nam, among which strong coordination with other development partners working in the sector is promoted. DVET and the G20TS Project team will continue the work on assessing different successful TVET governance models towards implementing a governance model with the appropriate characteristics to match Viet Nam’s socio-economic environment and established priorities.

For additional information on the G20TS Project please visit our webpage at /g20ts .