Department for Overseas Labor Management under the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs announced on March 4 that along with the Embassy of Germany in Vietnam they have implemented a pilot project for Vietnamese nurses to study and work in Germany.
According to Nguyen Ngoc Quynh, director of the above department, they have selected 120 would-be nurses from 300 candidates so far.
A training course for the 120 Vietnamese nurses began in Hanoi on March 4, jointly implemented by GIZ, the Goethe Institute, and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.
After the course, 100 Vietnamese medical workers will be selected and sent to Germany to attend another two year course of intensive training in Germany.
The nurses are entitled to a scholarship of Euro 800 per month (about VND 22million), which will increase to Euro 900 in the second month.
Under the contract, the nurses will work in age-care facilities in Germany for three years on a salary of Euro 1,800 to 2,000 per month.
Dr. Andreas Schneider, Deputy Country Director of GIZ in Vietnam, said Vietnam is the first non-European country that has been offered the opportunity to cooperate with Germany on healthcare.
Dr. Schneider said the Vietnamese Government’s attempt to facilitate healthcare guest workers has given the project a great deal of support. Germany has a pressing demand for high-quality workers in many sectors, including healthcare, mathematics, information technology, natural science and engineering.
Deputy Minister Nguyen Thanh Hoa said that the Vietnamese nurses intending to work in Germany eventually will improve their professional skills and make significant contributions to Vietnam’s socio-economic development.
Vietnamese guest workers in Germany will play an important role in strengthening bilateral ties, she said.