Hanoi – Firms in supporting industries in Vietnam are in
desperate need of high-qualified and skilled workers in addition to solutions
regarding capital and raw materials.
Le Lam, Deputy General Director of the MBT Electrical Equipment JSC in Hanoi’s Dan
Phuong district, said his company faced many difficulties in the past two years
due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and disruption of the global supply
chain, resulting in sharp declines in orders and revenue.
The company, which specialises in manufacturing transformers and medium-voltage
cabinets, had been coping with dependence on imported raw materials as the
quality of domestic products has failed to meet demand. Lam said his firm had
also encountered difficulties in recruiting human resources to meet the
requirements of its factory.
“We seek intermediate-level welding workers all year round, but could only
recruit a few,” Lam told Viet Nam News.
Although the market was facing difficulties, in the future, if exports
increased, his firm would need abundant human resources. Therefore, Lam
suggested the authorities draw up effective training policies for supporting
Nguyen Hong Phong, Managing Director of the An Mi Tools Co in the capital city
agreed. He said his company which is involved in manufacturing high-precision
products and mechanical components for enterprises in automobiles, motorcycles,
aviation, space and moulds needed to recruit workers in the cutting and
processing industries throughout the year.
However, personnel recruitment had caused his firm headaches because it was
difficult for the local workforce to meet the recruitment demand of his
“Currently, we need to recruit between 30 and 50 new employees annually.
But we can only meet about 30-40% of our goal,” Phong told Viet Nam News.
Furthermore, businesses had to spend a lot of time retraining recruited workers
from the concept of operations in production to expertise as most of them
lacked the necessary skills, he said.
“This is costly and time-consuming as it takes six months for workers to master
their work, one year to have related skills and experience and they can be able
to work independently only after two years,” he said.
Meanwhile, his firm has failed to collaborate continuously with educational
facilities to train students or recruited workers.
According to Pham Xuan Khanh, Rector of the College of High Technology (HHT),
HHT has established relationships with large enterprises in Vietnam and in the
world and they are willing to cooperate with HHT to build the training centres.
At these centres, businesses will invest in facilities and equipment, and bring
good experts who can team up with HHT from developing and organising training
programmes to assessing students. Businesses will later use this workforce for
their business and production activities.
However, there are no specific guidelines governing businesses’ investments in
school facilities and the coordination between schools and businesses to build
centres which specialise in training, research, production, and
commercialisation of products, Khanh said.
Khanh said he hoped Hanoi’s authorities and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids
and Social Affairs would soon remove these difficulties so that enterprises
would be offered more favourable conditions in investing in the training area.
Sharing Khanh’s opinion, Nguyen Van, Standing Vice Chairman of the Hanoi Supporting
Industries Business Association (HANSIBA), said it was very important to remove
bottlenecks in institutions and policies governing cooperation between
businesses and universities, colleges and vocational training institutions.
This would help facilitate cooperation between firms in supporting industries
and educational institutions and the ultimate beneficiaries are students.
In the past, HANSIBA organised short-term training courses, bringing affiliates
to visit training facilities. Through specific connection activities, HANSIBA
had listened to both sides – schools and enterprises – thereby building
connection programmes to meet demand and supply labour for each other.
This would be the shortest way in meeting the supply-demand of human resources
for the supporting industries in the short term as well as in the long term, Van
To ensure the quality of human resources served for supporting industries, Van
emphasised the importance of setting up technical standards on occupational
skills according to international standards and focusing on training methods
and certification systems so that Vietnamese labourers can work in regional and
Well-structured training plans and roadmaps for personnel resources served for
supporting industries should be also included, he said./.