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|The province has quickly become the the darling of investors with a variety of projects calling it home|
Vinh Phuc is currently one of the leading localities when it comes to attracting foreign and domestic investments, resulting in greater demand for skilled workers. Director of the province’s Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Le Xuan Dang tells VIR’s Kieu Linh about developing high-quality human resources in the province.
Could you please tell us about Vinh Phuc’s workforce at the present time? How are local authorities supporting training and recruitment in the province?
Let’s begin with human resources in the province. Over the past few years, along with promulgating many resolutions on investment incentives to pull in domestic and foreign investors, Vinh Phuc has always taken proper attention in developing its human resources with a view to the timely satisfaction of investors’ demands.
At the end of last year, the prime minister approved a plan for the establishment of 19 new industrial parks (IPs) in the province with a total workforce of 100,000 labourers.
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Currently, the whole province needs to employ an average of more than 22,000 new workers each year. When two large foreign direct investment (FDI) projects – Compal and Foxconn – go into operation, along with a number of other projects, the recruitment demand is estimated to reach over 30,000 new workers annually. This is creating a big pressure on high-quality workforce in Vinh Phuc province. In the short term, the province is preparing a sufficient number of skilled workers for both Compal and Foxconn.
In order to meet the demand, over the past few years, Vinh Phuc Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs has directed the local job promotion centres to find and supply new jobs for businesses in conformity with workers’ qualifications. Specific activities have included:
lCoordinating with enterprises to provide sufficient information on recruitment demand, working regulations, and salaries and wages, especially regulations for labourers under the Labour Code.
lJoining hands with the people’s committees of cities, districts, towns, and townships in the province, as well as vocational training establishments and vocational training schools in the province to provide information on recruitment.
lOpening a job transaction session on the tenth day of every month in a bid to create favourable conditions for businesses and labourers to meet. In this way, labourers learn about the requirements of enterprises and understand businesses they expect to work for.
Thanks to these activities, the province currently basically meets the demand for workers from local IPs and 90 per cent of workers at companies in the province are local residents. In addition, we are considering how best to coordinate with other provinces in the region to employ workers.
In terms of supporting enterprises in training and recruiting labourers, under Resolution No 03/2002/NQ-H# and Decision No. 2475/2002/Q#-UB, projects granted with incentives are new investments using low-skilled local labourers. These projects will receive vocational training support of VND500,000 ($25) per worker. Where enterprises employ trained workers, they will receive support of VND200,000 ($10) per worker.
Human resources strategies are a key part of the plan to transform Vinh Phuc into an industrialised province in a near future. What are the province’s current manpower orientation and strategies?
Training people to serve the cause of industrialisation and modernisation is the focus of the province’s Party, the People’s Council and the People’s Committee. We define it as an important breakthrough spearhead to build Vinh Phuc as an industrialised province.
On July 22, 2005, the Vinh Phuc People’s Council enacted Resolution No 05/2005/NQ-H#ND on vocational training for rural labourers and labourers in areas for industrial-service-urban development in Vinh Phuc province in the period 2005-2010. On July 4, 2007, Vinh Phuc People’s Council promulgated Resolution No 16/2007/NQ-H#ND on poverty reduction and job creation in 2007-2010.
On December 15, 2008, Vinh Phuc People’s Council enacted Resolution No 34/2008/NQ-H#ND which brought in policies supporting poor households, poor people and underprivileged areas from 2009 to 2010.
In line with the above regulations, vocational trainees receive maximum support of VND300,000 ($15) per month. In particular, labourers from poor households will be free from training fees, and benefit from food and travelling expenses (equivalent to 50 per cent of the minimum salary regulated by the government for a specific period).
We are currently implementing the prime ministerial Decision 1956/Q#-TTg on approving the project vocational training for rural people until 2020.
Our department is entrusted by Vinh Phuc People’s Committee to continue to build the plan aimed at executing the prime minister’s decision on vocational training at primary and under-three-month vocational training courses for rural labourers.
We are targeting 70–80 per cent of those workers getting jobs. The province aims to train 28,000 people a year. From now to 2015, Vinh Phuc plans to train more than 150,000 labourers with a focus on workers for the industry-construction sector (accounting for 60 per cent of the total).
Despite positive changes, there is a quantity limit to the high-quality workforce in Vinh Phuc. Could you please tell us how the province plans to combat this problem?
Training workers to a high level is a thorny problem for all provinces, and one will need the synchronous interest of the central and local-level ministries and sectors as well as the support of all vocational training establishments.