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Learn a trade, minister advises young people

Labour officials are aiming to strengthen cooperation with local communities to spread the message about the benefits of vocational training, in a bid to get more young people to learn a trade.
The government’s labour policy aims to provide more opportunities for everyone to develop and learn new job skills that are of practical use.
These were the observations of the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Dr Khampheng Saysompheng, when giving an interview recently about the need to improve coordinative between local communities and labour authorities on this issue.
Today, young people have more opportunities to improve their job skills thanks to the ministry’s far-sighted labour policies but, for many years, people have lacked job opportunities because they had no skills and because they did not get good advice or useful information.
In 2017, the number of young people making use of vocational training fell short of the ministry’s goals.

The number attending job training courses at technical schools and skill development centres had declined compared to the previous year.
This situation had arisen because local labour officials were not sufficiently informed about skill development opportunities and so did not encourage young people to take advantage of training courses, Dr Khampheng said.
The information collected from villages about this issue was not realistic or useful because of the lack of cooperation between labour authorities and local people, he added.
The ministry had continued to develop the capacity and knowledge of Lao workers under its policy on human resource development. But there were insufficient numbers of skilled people in many fields to respond to the needs of the job market.
Dr Khampheng said the ministry would continue to provide more opportunities for skills development.
In addition, labour authorities and experts in Laos needed to do more to improve workers’ skills so they could actively take part in the country’s development.
The ministry would continue to train workers by equipping people from poor backgrounds with essential vocational skills.
According to the ministry, in 2017 over 83,000 young people successfully participated in training to improve their skills, mostly in the agriculture, services, and hospitality sectors.
Meanwhile, the ministry has continued to provide training for agricultural workers so they can boost crop yields, focusing on Vientiane and the provinces of Xayaboury, Luang Prabang, Savannakhet and Champassak.
In addition, workers now have improved employment security with access to social protection and dialogue, which both strengthens the workforce and the country’s economy.  


By Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth  
(Latest Update
March 12,

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