The Vocational Team: Introduction and Missions

Vietnam's economy is gradually developing and integrates general flow of air into the trend of globalization. Quality of service is improved, the number of products continuously increases to satisfy the demand for a rapid development of society. As a consequence Vietnamese workforce must also enhance their professional capabilities, and must be equipped with skills suitable for the requirements of employers.

Therefore, newly graduated students face many difficulties when seeking employment. According to a survey by the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs, in three years from 2009 to 2012, there were nearly 400.000 graduated students from college and 500.000 graduated students from the university system training, 65% of which attended full-time training.

According to reports of the General Statistics Office about Labour and Employment in Vietnam, as of Dec-2012, in 985.000  unemployed workers  55.400 had a college degree (5.6%) and 11.100 had a college degree or higher (11.3%). Ho Chi Minh City, with 54 universities, 25 colleges, 11 vocational colleges, 55 vocational schools and more than 370 vocational training establishments, is the top place in Vietnam in terms of scale manpower training. However, according to a survey by the HCMC Forecast Center of Manpower Demand and Labor Market Information (FALMI), currently only 80% of graduated students in Ho Chi Minh City can get a job. Only half of them are employed in accordance with their capacity and interest.

The above figures only show the surface of the iceberg of the difficult job situation of Vietnamese students. The hidden part of the iceberg contains more complex problems in  creating jobs for workers with disabilities.

Most students with disabilities, particularly the visually impaired students, do not get jobs or careers suitable to their disability. Employment for people with disabilities in general, with visual impairment in particular, is the responsibility of not only the authorities but also the whole society. Given the actual situation, Sao Mai Vocational and Assistive Technology Center for the Blind sets new goals to help solve employment problems for visually impaired people.

1. Constructing  job websites for the visually impaired

- Covering the entire school activities, employment of the blind 

- Introducing  blind people who succeed in their career

- Building bridge so that employers and blind employee grasp each other's needs 

- Introducing services, assistive devices for the visually impaired as well as services and products that the blind offer for society

- Providing administrative documents which are necessary for learning, employment of the Vietnamese blind

2.Compiling curriculum and training soft skills for the blind

- Surveying, researching, compiling full curriculum in training soft skills to meet the requirements of the society and suit the needs of the visually impaired

- soft skills training for visually impaired people, especially visually impaired students in three separate parts

+ skills of improving themselves 

+ Social skills 

+ Career skills

3.Expanding the scope of career for the blind

- Building vocational courses,  with assistive technology applied  for jobs

- Carrying out classes about applying the internet at work

- Organizing counseling program for visually impaired students

- Organizing Workshops for the Blind