TQUK ESEA, the East and South East Asian branch of the Awarding Organisation Training Qualifications UK, attended several seminars dedicated to vocational training in Ho Chi Minh City over November 2018 and March 2019.
The seminars were co-organised by the British Consulate General in HCMC, the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA).
In each of them, delegates from more than 100 vocational schools and colleges across the country along with representatives from British vocational training institutes gathered together, shared their expertise and gave valuable advice on ways vocational training could be improved across Vietnam.
On March 21, TQUK ESEA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Vietnam Association of Technical and Economics Colleges (ATEC) and Ed2Career to develop quality TVET vocational programmes and to certificate learners all over the country.
Soon after, TQUK ESEA also signed a second MoU with the Vietnam College of Technology II to help them develop their own new vocational training programmes.
With an average enrolment of 5000 students per year, the Vietnam College of Technology II has become a leading national education institute and plays a pioneering role in Vietnam’s vocational education system.
The College has gained international recognition as students from Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar enrol to undergo quality training and become certificated themselves.
Vietnam’s Booming Economy
For the last five years, Vietnam has had an annual GDP growth rate of 6-8% and has one of the fastest growing economies among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Many international brands and corporations have set up their production facilities in the country, including Nike, Ralph Lauren and H&M. Many experts have compared Vietnam’s growth to China’s booming success in the early 90’s.
As a result, the Vietnamese government has made huge investments in vocational programmes to help train workers across the country and continue its rapid economic growth.
With these two MoUs, TQUK ESEA hopes to equip learners across Vietnam with valuable vocational skills that will help them progress in their professional careers. TQUK ESEA is extremely excited that Vietnam has heavily invested in the development of vocational programmes and is ready to help push the country forward.
The British Consul General Speaks About the First Signing
The British Consul General of Ho Chi Minh City, Mr. Ian Gibbons, witnessed the signing of the first Memorandum and said:
“I am very honoured to be present at the signing ceremony of cooperation between the ATEC, TQUK and Ed2Career. It is a testament to the cooperation between the British awarding body and ATEC’s colleges and vocational schools.
"Our aim is to share experiences and expertise from the UK rather than transferring an existing vocational education system. From there, countries can create and build their separate system of vocational skills. This is important because countries need a system to meet the needs of industry development orientation, human resources strategy, the level of economic development and future prosperity.”
Daniel Au Yeung, Marketing Director of TQUK ESEA, said:
“We want to thank everyone who advised and supported us throughout the process! We agree fully with Mr. Gibbons when he says that we should share our expertise with Vietnam to help them develop their own vocational skills programmes rather than transfer an existing vocational system to the country.
"We’re sure that with our strong partnerships with ATEC, Ed2Career and the Vietnam College of Technology II, the vocational programmes we develop will provide Vietnamese learners with extremely valuable skills and knowledge and contribute to the country’s already flourishing economy!”
Andrew Walker, TQUK’s Managing Director, said:
“I’m extremely excited by the partnerships between TQUK ESEA, ATEC, Ed2Career and the Vietnam College of Technology II! TQUK is always looking to form valuable partnerships with institutes across the world, and I’m very happy that we’re helping learners across Vietnam become certificated with vocational programmes.
"We’ve really solidified our global presence in the last few years by opening our second international hub in Dubai and establishing TQUK MENA alongside TQUK ESEA. This signing in Ho Chi Minh City only continues to increase our reach across East and South East Asia. Well done guys!”
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