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Norway helps Vietnam boost aquaculture training

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HCM City (VNA) – The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce
and Industry’s HCM City branch (VCCI HCM) and the Confederation of Norwegian
Enterprise (NHO), on June 14, began a two-year programme for improving the
quality of vocational training in aquaculture.

Accordingly, between now and 2019, the NHO will help the
VCCI HCM train 500 labourers for the sector in Mekong Delta and south central

Bui Thi Ninh, head of the bureau for employers’ activities
at the VCCI HCM, said the programme aims to link enterprises and vocational
training schools, and reinforce enterprises’ collaboration with training
schools to create a skilled workforce that is able to meet the requirements of
employers in the aquaculture industry.

It also seeks to expand awareness of career opportunities in
the field among parents and high school students, she said.

It will be piloted in Dong Thap and Khanh Hoa provinces.

Speaking at the launch in HCM City on June 14, Vo Tan Thanh,
director of the VCCI HCM, said fishery is one of the country’s key economic
sectors, with aquaculture and fishing output exceeding 6.7 million tonnes last
year and export earnings reaching 7 billion USD.

The industry employs around nine million people directly and
indirectly, but more than 60 percent are unskilled, he said.

Tore Myhre, director of NHO’s International Department, said
investing in skills development, especially vocational training, is important
to improve the productivity and profitability of enterprises.

Aquaculture is a sector that is growing in importance for
both countries, he said.

NHO and VCCI, together with Vietnamese and Norwegian
industry players, have identified a need for more skilled and productive
operators in their value chain from production to processing, he said.

“The current availability of vocational training for the
aquaculture industry is limited despite an increase in demand for human

“The aquaculture industry is also becoming more technically advanced,
which increases the demand for skilled workers.

“Working in aquaculture is by many perceived as a low-status
job often associated with heavy manual labour. The industry is however in rapid
development, and needs to attract motivated and skilled young professionals.

“For this to happen, one needs to increase knowledge among
parents and young students about what it means to work on a modern fish farm.”

The project would address this through various career
guidance initiatives, he said.

Thanh said since 2010 the VCCI HCM, with technical support
from NHO, has co-operated with the Dong Nai College of High Technologyand
companies in Dong Nai province to pilot a training programme in mechanical
engineering and hospitality.

Ninety seven percent of students from this training
programme have got jobs after graduating, with their training quality deeply
appreciated by employers, he said.

Following its success, NHO and the VCCI HCM have expanded
their co-operation to the aquaculture sector, he added.-VNA

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