New Bill To Compensate for Lack of Blue Collar Workers

National Assembly deputies discussed a new vocational training bill on Saturday, as lawmakers say that the current lack of blue-collar skilled workers and surplus of white-collar workers is due to current policies that neglect vocational schools.

Blue-collar work at a car repair shop in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

The new bill stipulates that vocational schools will be entitled to land, tax and credit issue incentives.

The bill aims to help ex-servicemen, ethnic people, and main earners in farming families who have lost their jobs pursue vocational training to find or create jobs.

“For example, the Government will award scholarships or cut down the training fees,” said Ms. Tran Thi Tam Dan, head of the National Assembly Committee for Culture, Education, Youths and Children.

Many legislators agreed with the bill in that a fund should be set up to support vocational training across the country. It should be a non-profit foundation that is free from taxes and raises funds through voluntary contributions from enterprises, organizations and individuals while also obtaining financial assistance from the Government and other legal sources.

A supportive measure in the bill is that vocational schools will team up with colleges or universities to offer higher-level courses. The legislators said the law should include as many provisions on this issue as possible.

Deputy Le Huy Luyen of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province said a degree in a vocational school is considered on a lower level than a BA degree, so another possible measure may be to work out a vocational school certificate on the same level as a BA.


Reported by Bao Minh – Translated by Tuong Thuy

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