HCMC vocational schools find ways to attract learners | Education

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Practical lesson on diagnosing the technical condition of an automobile at HCMC Vocational College.

The Technical and Economic College of HCMC plans to welcome 2,900 new students this year for its 21 training majors at the elementary, intermediate and college levels. Apart from digitizing its current learning materials, launching marketing campaigns to reach more potential learners, it has held numerous consultation sessions for secondary school students in HCMC and neighboring provinces.

Meanwhile, Thu Duc College of Technology is implementing IT to post announcements, video clips about its admission information on popular media channels like its official website, YouTube, Zalo, Facebook, TikTok. It also actively works with companies to ensure the exit of its graduates, in the hope of attracting more learners.

HCMC Vocational College is the only one in the city authorized by the General Directorate of Vocational Training to train and issue the certificate of achievement for “National Vocational Skills Assessment” (in 10 majors), “Qualification for Training Activities in safety and health at work”. Any employer recruiting workers with these certificates will no longer spend money on training.

Other vocational schools in HCMC offer new and unconventional majors. For example, Bach Khoa Saigon College is launching the Agricultural Electronics major, Vien Dong College the Hospital Administration major, A-Au Career Center the Digital Marketing and Media Production Management majors.

Now that universities are using more admissions methods based on the results of an entrance exam, an academic report, or both, it seems that vocational schools might find it more difficult to attract enough learners to the new school year.

Head of Vocational Training Division (HCMC’s Labour, War Invalids and Social Welfare Department) Dang Minh Su said that by leading a digital transformation process, investing billions of VND in modernizing educational facilities and cooperating with enterprises to ensure graduate output, vocational schools like Ly Tu Trong College, Thu Duc College of Technology, HCMC Vocational College, HCMC College of Economics now possess certain advantages during their marketing.

The People’s Committee of HCMC has just released an implementation plan for Prime Minister’s Directive No. 24/CT-TTg on Promoting the Development of Skilled Human Resources to Improve Labor Productivity and Enhance National Competitiveness.

Accordingly, the city will greatly boost joint training, retraining and advanced training of human resources to improve the performance and scale of VET. VET graduates have strong professional knowledge, digital skills, soft skills, start-up skills and language skills.

HCMC encourages companies to offer salary based on skills and ability to practice; to employ workers who have been trained or who have obtained national certificates of professional competence.

The city will prioritize the budget allocation for VET activities within the total budget expenditure for education and training; have a plan to attract and prioritize the use of ODA capital to invest in vocational training institutions.

By Quang Huy – Translated by Huong Vuong

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