Vietnam's labour force urged to prepare for 4IR

VIETNAM: The young Vietnamese workforce must be equipped with much-needed soft and digital skills to adapt to the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), its Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) official said.

Speaking at the Dialogue on Business Engagement on Skills Development for Employability of Young People, VCCI Secretary General Tran Thi Lan Anh said to increase labour productivity in the coming years, the industry “must rely mainly on innovation and application of scientific advances”.

"If enterprises want to innovate, they must pay attention to developing human resources, including the professional skills development of workers, especially young workers”, Lan Anh said.

Lesley Miller, deputy representative of UNICEF to Vietnam, explained that enterprises and business communities have a vital role in building and improving employability skills for young people.

“In a global economy increasingly focused on high productivity and a skilled labour force, reliance on labour-intensive industries will no longer be a comparative edge," Miller said.

Adding to this sentiment, Nguyen Thi Thuan, former Rector of the University of Labour and Social Affairs said, “Today, besides job skills, businesses need workers with soft skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving".

According to VCCI, Vietnam’s labour productivity has improved in the past years, reaching an average of 4.77%. However, the pandemic and the 4IR were a shock to the labour market.

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