Young work­ers need prepa­ra­tion

Viet Nam News - - NA­TIONAL -

“Labour­ers will be at risk of be­ing re­placed by ma­chines and au­to­ma­tion if they are not in­ter­ested in

train­ing and de­vel­op­ing skills...”

HCM CITY — Young peo­ple in the work­force need to be bet­ter pre­pared for com­pet­ing in a knowl­edge-based econ­omy, ex­perts said at a con­fer­ence held yes­ter­day in HCM City.

Phaïm Vaên Chaét, a lawyer with the Vieät Nam In­ter­na­tional Ar­bi­tra­tion Cen­tre (VIAC), said that hu­man re­sources in Vieät Nam had not been trained well enough to meet work re­quire­ments in the new econ­omy.

Stu­dents, lec­tur­ers and pro­fes­sion­als from col­leges, uni­ver­si­ties, in­sti­tu­tions and agen­cies in south­ern cities and prov­inces at­tended the con­fer­ence, which ex­am­ined the im­pact of the Com­pre­hen­sive and Pro­gres­sive Agree­ment for Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship (CPTPP), which took ef­fect on Jan­uary 1.

Vieät Nam’s labour pro­duc­tiv­ity re­mains low com­pared with many mem­bers of the CPTPP and ASEAN coun­tries.

The Min­istry of Labour, In­valids and So­cial Af­fairs has said that


only 11 per cent of the work­force of nearly 56 mil­lion labour­ers have high-level skills.

Chaét noted that Vieät Nam’s both train­ing and fa­cil­i­ties have short­com­ings.

“Labour­ers will be at risk of be­ing re­placed by ma­chines and au­to­ma­tion if they are not in­ter­ested in train­ing and de­vel­op­ing skills to meet the re­quire­ments of the dig­i­tal era,” he said.

To meet re­quire­ments in the 4.0 in­dus­trial era, teach­ing and re­search need to im­prove, and cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion should be em­pha­sised, he said.

“It’s nec­es­sary to find so­lu­tions to over­come weak­nesses in eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, ap­ply new tech­nol­ogy in pro­duc­tion, and de­velop sup­port­ing in­dus­tries,” he said.

Phaïm Huy Tieán from HCM City Open Uni­ver­sity said that work­ers with lim­ited knowl­edge of the labour laws would be at a dis­ad­van­tage.

Be­sides hav­ing pro­fes­sional and soft skills, knowl­edge of labour law is also needed. “If not fully un­der­stood, young work­ers and even so­ci­ety as a whole could both be jeop­ar­dised,” he said, adding that such knowl­edge pro­tects labour­ers’ ben­e­fits.

The con­fer­ence was or­gan­ised by the Cen­tre for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment for Youth in col­lab­o­ra­tion with HCM City Open Uni­ver­sity.

Out­stand­ing sci­en­tific ar­ti­cles sub­mit­ted at the con­fer­ence will be awarded two first prizes, two sec­ond prizes, two third prizes and other con­so­la­tion prizes. — VNS

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