Ho Chi Minh City will allocate nearly VND21 billion (US$991,267) to support 12,000 students in two academic years 2012-2013 and 2013-2014.
The sum will be used to support students in learning vocational education and search for jobs.
According to the city’s Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies and the department have instructed colleges to provide credit aid packages to students in vocational training colleges for many years.
Thanks to the program, over 47,500 students have so far received the support. Five leading vocation training schools plan to invest VND10 billion (US$ 472,032) in training programs for most in-demand jobs
Five districts in HCMC have supplied vocational training to more than 6,700 residents including 612 young men. Nha Be and Can Gio districts are two districts carrying out the program well, training needed jobs and helping local laborers seek jobs in the districts.
However, while demand of free learning foreign languages and IT is increased, the supply is poor. The program has not mobilized contribution from economic and social organizations to help young people in vocational training and searching jobs.