Lam Dong expands job training

LAM DONG (VNS)— The Central Highland province of Lam Dong plans to increase its financial support to local ethnic minority labourers so they can continue to attend vocational training schools.

Lam Dong has more than 40 ethnic minority groups, accounting for 24 per cent of the province’s population.

For the past three years, the province has implemented a programme to help labourers learn new vocational skills.

Fifty-six public and private vocational training centres trained 20,000 people during that time, according to the province’s Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

More than 85 per cent of trainees have found jobs and increased their farming productivity, according to the department.

Members of ethnic minority groups living in areas that are economically deprived are now earning an average income of VND24 million (US$1,140) a year at local enterprises.

Nguyen Quoc Ky, deputy chairman of the Lac Duong District People’s Committee, said that cows, coffee and banana trees were provided to ethnic minorities.

Vocational courses were given on how to raise the animals and cultivate the plants.

“This method produced good results,” he said.

Ha Sell, head of the Dang Gia Dit B Village in Lat Duong’s Lat Commune, said residents in his village had learned how to compost waste and graft coffee trees by taking vocational training classes.

Despite progress in training, the province was short of teaching facilities, he said, adding that links between local businesses and vocational training centres were weak as well.

Most residents attend training courses for jobs in the agricultural sector, as it is difficult to find work in other fields.

Under the job training master plan to 2020, Lam Dong will annually provide vocational courses for 26,000-27,000 residents who live in rural and remote areas.

The trainees will be given low-interest loans to pay for vocational classes and set up their own businesses. — VNS

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