An Australian Government Aus4Skills program, is helping to develop the first industry-led vocational education and training (VET) framework in Vietnam.

The program is part of the Australian Government’s strategy to expand its international engagement in VET. The key objectives of this strategy include support to improve access to skilled labour in overseas countries, greater mobility of skilled labour across the region and to promote Australian VET frameworks and products.

AIS is using its expertise to assist Vietnam to:

  • Establish an industry led mechanism for engaging logistics industry employers and the VET sector in skills development
  • Develop occupational standards for selected job roles in logistics
  • Improve the competencies and skills of selected colleges and enterprises
  • Facilitate opportunities to exchange experience with key players in VET

The logistics sector has been selected as the pilot industry in the Aus4Skills program because it is important not only to Vietnam’s economic development but for Australia’s trade with Vietnam. Activities have been designed to improve the relevance and quality of skills training for the logistics industry in Vietnam.

Our first step was to help establish an advisory mechanism for engaging logistics industry employers and the VET sector. The Australian Government launched the Logistics Industry Reference Council (LIRC) in partnership with the Government of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City in December 2017. The composition and role of this council is modelled on the example of the Australian Industry Reference Committees, adapted to Vietnam’s context. The aim of the pilot is to identify a model in logistics that can potentially be replicated by other industry sectors in Vietnam.

Speaking at the launch, the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr Craig Chittick, said:

Australia is happy to share our experience in an industry-led vocational education and training system to assist Vietnam to develop a system that will increase its productivity and support its economic growth. Our system, developed over a number of decades, is underpinned by a national framework of skills standards developed through a process of consultation with industry. This ensures that standards for training are of a high quality and meet the workforce development needs of industry, enterprises and individuals.

Since the launch two workshops have been held, the first focusing on competency-based curriculum writing for academic leaders and senior trainers of selected VET colleges, as well as enterprise-based trainers from logistics enterprises. The training will equip the participants with theory and skills for writing curricula aligned to industry agreed skills standards for logistics operator roles.

The second workshop, with the newly formed LIRC, provided the members with an understanding of their role, in preparation for their first upcoming LIRC meeting in March. The workshop, held last month in Ho Chi Minh City, was facilitated by AIS Chief Operating Officer Paul Walsh, where he also explained how Australia’s industry-linked VET model works in practice and how to best capture industry intelligence on skills development:

Given AIS’s expertise in industry engagement both domestically and internationally, I was able to provide practical examples of proven approaches.

To further aid the LIRC, a study tour to Australia is being arranged for the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET), key members of the LIRC and government agencies, employers’ representatives, and colleges. The visit in early March will consist of meetings in Canberra and Melbourne with Australian Government officials, the VET regulator, peak bodies and industry representatives. The Vietnamese delegation will visit public and private training providers who will talk about their training and assessment practices, and logistics enterprises who will show latest technologies and share information on workforce skills development.

Participants will learn about policy development, regulations, and the implementation of Australia’s VET system, including different training and assessment practices. They will also gain a deeper understanding of industry engagement methods, and options to support the LIRC.