On January 20th, 2022, Aide et Action and the Northwest Cooperation and Development Center held an online event to introduce three sets of materials, including Career Orientation, Vocational Training and Entrepreneurship materials for Vietnamese ethnic minority youth.
This is one of the main activities within the framework of the project “Increasing access to livelihood opportunities for ethnic minority youth”, funded by the European Union, period 2020-2023. The launching ceremony was attended by representatives of the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training, the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, the Department of Education and Training, the Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, the Board of Education and Training, Vocational Training Centers and a number of other Divisions/Boards in the districts in two provinces of Lao Cai and Hoa Binh, and press agencies.
The materials were built on the principle of meeting the needs of the market, encouraging the development of traditional occupations, creating on-the-spot jobs for local workers, closely connecting between Career Orientation – Vocational Training – Entrepreneurship, and focusing on practising skills to achieve the goal of helping ethnic minority youth gain confidence and self-reliance in identifying and pursuing their future career path.
Mr Dao Trong Do – Director of the Department of Continuing Training, Directorate of Vocational Education and Training, Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, who closely engaged in the development process and directly participated in approving the vocational training materials shared that: “Our Department will always accompany the project to deploy the set of materials in the best way for localities, especially focusing on ethnic minority youths to help them increase access to programs suitable to the characteristics of the region and their levels, and to promote community culture, thereby developing traditional occupations and creating on-the-spot jobs.”
With a user-friendly, creative, easy-to-understand and multi-dimensional design, the materials not only provide basic knowledge about the professions but also directly train students and trainees to practice career skills through familiar and practical experiential activities, and thus help young people improve their capacity and skills to be ready to work.
As one of the teachers who made many active contributions to the Career Orientation materials since the very first days, Mr. Nguyen Xuan Hung – Vice Principal of Sapa No. 1 High School assessed: “The materials not only help teachers gain necessary scientific foundation to guide students in career orientation, but also create excitement for students in the process of learning and determining future careers in accordance with their abilities.”
Ms Nguyen Thi Tu, Country Director of Aide et Action shared that: “The materials were compiled according to the market-oriented approach, based on the requirements and wishes of the learners and in accordance with current regulations. In addition, producing quality materials that illustrate and reflect the local culture takes a lot of time. However, thanks to the close cooperation with the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Department of Education and Training and experts, teachers and the local communities; the set of materials has been completed with the best possible quality. I really hope to continue to receive support from local authorities so that the implementation of the materials will be integrated into the curricula. We hope that the materials will be crucial to help youth firmly step on the future career path, confidently develop themselves, and improve livelihoods for their families and society.”
The launching event is an opportunity for local authorities and related parties to discuss experiences in developing practical and scientific materials, and share materials’ implementation and application plans in the near future.