Over the last four years, Aus4Skills has helped enhanced the integration of logistics enterprises and vocational education in Vietnam to ensure that the skills of graduates meet the requirements of employers in the logistics sector. Since 2017, more than 5,300 students from several vocational institutions have benefited from Aus4Skill. Their enrolment rates for logistics-related courses have risen eightfold and their graduates are welcomed by employers because they can work immediately.

Representatives from Vietnam and Australia announce the second phase of the project.

Starting from 2021, the project worth up to AUS $13.8 million (246 billion VND) will expand the aforementioned engagement model for more than four years. The project is designed to assist Vietnam in upskilling its workers, which is critical for Vietnam to achieve its ambitious goal of becoming a high-income country by 2045.

This support focuses on logistics, an economic sector prioritized for development by Vietnam, and in which Australia has a lot of experience. By 2025, this sector is expected to contribute between 8% and 10% to Vietnam's total national income.

The Aus4Skills initiative will focus on collaboration with the General Department of Vocational Education and Training (MoLISA), the Vietnam Federation of Trade and Industry, vocational training institutions, and enterprises.

The project's activities will help teachers, managers, and leaders of vocational education establish a framework to ensure quality for training programs tailored to the needs of businesses. Furthermore, the project will continue to provide opportunities for women and people with disabilities to access logistics-related vocational education and jobs, which are traditionally-dominated by men.

Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs Le Tan Dung noted that logistics is critical to the Vietnamese economy since it facilitates connectivity and economic development. He added that the logistics sector's growth will be dependent on qualified staff.

He believed that the second phase of the Aus4Skills program is a step forward in assisting the two countries in realizing their shared aim of upskilling the Vietnamese workforce.

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Mudie also stated that Australia will continue assisting Vietnam in the next stage of development.

Translated by Ha Phuong