Vocational training aids HCM City’s rural folk

HCM City (VNA) –
Many people in Ho Chi Minh City’s rural areas have stable jobs thanks to a city
programme to provide free vocational training.

Nguyen Thi Bay of Nha Be district’s Phuoc Kien commune is one of
the beneficiaries.

She said in the past her family had been dependent on agriculture
for a livelihood, but its farmlands were acquired for the construction of an
industrial park.

Local authorities and the Farmers Association in Nha Be district
put Bay in the free vocational training programme for rural residents.

She learnt sewing for three months at the district vocational
training centre.

Bay also received a loan at a low interest rate to buy a sewing
machine and was introduced to many customers.

Things have looked up since: She has five sewing machines and
employs several people, and her income is more than a dozen million VND a

Nha Be has hundreds of such people with steady incomes thanks to
the vocational training, the district Economic Division reported.

According to relevant agencies, more than 89 percent of people who
got training in agriculture have jobs.

The city’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
reported that 20,652 rural people were trained in agriculture between 2011 and
2016, accounting for 35 percent of the total number of rural residents who got
vocational training.  

The municipal People’s Committee this year aims to provide
training for 12,000 rural residents in the outlying districts of Can Gio, Nha
Be, Cu Chi, Binh Chanh, and Hoc Mon, 3,470 in agriculture and the rest in other
vocational skills.

Of them, more than 80 percent are expected to get jobs.

People covered by State policies, poor and near poor people,
ethnic minorities, and disabled people get priority under the training

Those affected by public projects too get priority.

Trainees get travelling and accommodation allowances if the
vocational training centre is far from their home.

Tran Ngoc Ho, deputy head of the department, said the rural
vocational training programme helps restructure agricultural and the
labour force and improve the incomes and lives of farmers, contributing to
poverty reduction.

It is very important that people who get the training should also
get jobs, he added.

Tran Anh Tuan, deputy head of the Centre for Forecasting Manpower
Needs and Labour Market Information, said more than one million people of
working age live in the city’s rural areas.

Many have low academic knowledge and skills and need to be
trained, he said.

Trainees are offered 65 occupations to choose from, including
processing and preservation of agricultural and forest products and seafood and
production of construction materials, he said.

The city’s programme dovetails with a national programme to build
new rural areas and restructure agriculture.

Nguyen Trong Liem, head of the city Agriculture Development
Agency, said the city can fully meet the demand for training in agriculture.

It offers many long-term and professional training programmes at
the agricultural promotion centre, bio-technology centre, Management
Board of the city’s High-Tech Agricultural Park and elsewhere, he said.

However, they need to constantly update their training programmes,
he added.-VNA

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