Shortage of skilled labour, infrastructure hampering economy (30-10-2007) HA NOI — A lack of infrastructure and skilled workers was hampering the capacity of Viet Nam's economy to absorb capital, Investment and Planning Minister Vo Hong Phuc has warned. These realities made investors tardy about spending for their projects, he told reporters while attending the National Assembly's end-of-the-year sittings. The slow disbursement of money was worrying the Government because the economy was always 'thirsty' for capital, he said. The minister said the building of infrastructure, especially in key economic and central zones, should now become a focus of the effort to ensure high economic growth. It was also necessary to build roads to link with remote Viet Nam to develop the economy there. The minister conceded that uncontrolled real-estate prices as well as regular changes to land policies had discouraged investors. This too had adversely affected the economy's facility to absorb … [Read more...] about Shortage of skilled labour, infrastructure hampering economy
Lack of skilled labour
Mekong Delta urged to unite to address lack of skilled workers (12-10-2005) Trainees work in an electronics class at Dung Quat Vocational Training School in Quang Ngai Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Long CAN THO — A lack of skilled workers and inadequate training is affecting economic development in the Mekong Delta provinces, the head of a business association has warned, suggesting industry and training schools should collaborate to tackle the problem. Vo Hung Dung, director of the Can Tho chapter of the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), quoted government figures to show that just 10.2 per cent of the delta's 8 million labourers had received vocational training. Figures from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs also showed there were only 182 vocational training centres in the region having 2,202 teachers. A mere one-third of the 8 million workers have completed primary school, VCCI studies show. Nguyen Thai Hung, director of the … [Read more...] about Mekong Delta urged to unite to address lack of skilled workers
Lack of workers hits Tay Ninh firms (23-03-2006) The Trang Bang Economic Zone in Tay Ninh Province. It employs more than 12,700 workers. — VNA/VNS Photo HA NOI — The lack of skilled workers has become a cancer in the southern province of Tay Ninh's export processing zones. Deputy director of Trang Bang industrial zone, Kieu Cong Minh, attributed the shortage of workers to poor business practices that have yet to offer information, high wages and accommodations. The province possesses two industrial parks and export processing zones and eight industrial complexes. Of which Trang Bang industrial park has 79 domestic and foreign invested projects with a total capital of more than US$183 million, employing 13,000 workers. In addition, 30 other businesses operating in the province want to employ more than 4,000 workers. At a recent job fair, foreign-invested enterprises in the Trang Bang industrial park announced they sought to employ 6,000 general labourers, but they … [Read more...] about Lack of workers hits Tay Ninh firms
Lack of skilled workers severely affects labour export companies (22-09-2008) More than 43,000 labourers were sent abroad to work in the first half of 2008. The number is likely to double by the end of the year. However, a shortage of highly-skilled workers is causing trouble for labour export companies. — VNA/VNS Photo Huu Viet HCM CITY — Labour export companies are facing a serious shortage of skilled workers, according to the Viet Nam Labour Export Association. Although Viet Nam surpassed its targeted number of guest workers sent to other countries this year, it cannot meet demand because of a lack of qualified workers. The US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Portugal are the new markets for Vietnamese workers, offering better working conditions, stable jobs and high income. But the number of workers sent to these countries remains modest, primarily due to poor job and language skills. The director of the Labour and Expert Export Company (Suleco), Tran Quoc … [Read more...] about Lack of skilled workers severely affects labour export companies
According to the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, jobs were created for 5.9 million people between 2001 and 2004, accounting for 78.6% of the five-year target to 2005. However, unemployment among young people is still high. An article relating to this issue has been published by Ha Noi Moi newspaper. One of the causes is the change in use of agricultural land in the urbanisation process which has led some labourers to leave for urban areas. This has put pressure on the jobs market. In addition, unskilled labourers, aged between 15 and 32, account for a considerable proportion of young people in Vietnam. Surveys show that young skilled labourers account for just over 10% of the total number of workers. This has raised big concerns because Vietnam's current course of national industrialisation and modernisation requires a large number of skilled workers. The system of vocational schools and colleges has grown many times but the quality of training has not met the … [Read more...] about Lack of jobs or lack of skills?