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The project is built for facilitating the ICT enabling environment for students, raise awareness of involved parties on role of ICT in education – innovation – employment with the aim to build capacity for youth on ICT and employment relevant skills. This pilot project is deployed in Hanoi within two years from April 2012 to February 2014 and sponsored by Microsoft, Sony and implemented by Vietnet ICT, School of Information and Communication Technology (SOICT) of Hanoi University of Science and Technology.
Presented at the launching ceremony and round table discussion of “Youth training and Innovation Centre” are Chu Ngoc Anh, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology; David B. Shear, ambassador of US embassy in Vietnam, Vu Minh Tri, country manager of Microsoft Vietnam, Jamie Harper, general manager of Microsoft South East Asia, Nguyen Trong Giang, principal of Hanoi University of Science and Technology and representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training and the Ministry of Information and Communications.
“Our top-of-mind goal is to help people realise their full potential through technology and we truly hope to support Vietnamese youth, especially persons who have difficult circumstances, in approaching IT and developing relevant skills to start up their careers. It is also expected to create an environment that nurturing and promoting their innovative ideas for success in future. We will closely work with partners and do expect that 70 per cent of trained youth to find jobs or star-up businesses within six months after graduation from their technical schools/courses,” said Vu Minh Tri, country manager of Microsoft Vietnam.
According to survey conducted by Vietnam General Statistic Office, persons aged 15-24 is the group of highest unemployment rate in Vietnam. This rate increased significantly from 5 per cemt in 1997 to 7 per cent this recent year. The latest report of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and International Labor Organization (ILO) indicated that this group accounted for over a half (50.4 per cent) of unemployed people of the whole country.
And the under-served youth in rural areas are mostly affected by the unemployment. Lack of relevant skills and innovation-enabling environment is one of the basic reasons hindering youth from entering into labour market. It is also the reason that Microsoft has collaborated with its partners to build and implement this project.
The project is expected to support 400 young people to approach ICT and build relevant skills for job opportunities or career start-up in the future. Besides, this project will help 50 talented students develop market-oriented initiatives and serving the community.
Chu Ngoc Anh, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology said: “Vietnam is proud of being a country that has a young and dynamic human resource. Information technology is a priority field in science and technology industry for the development of the whole country. This is also a key field where the youth can use their passions, creativeness, their ability as motivation to explore career opportunities for the future.
The project which is launched today is a vivid demonstration of that key message. This centre is the place where youth will be trained and equipped with critical skills and they can also experiment their own initiatives.”