This was the last handover of equipment and furniture which contributes to the quality improvement of vocational training in five tourism schools and ten community centres nationwide.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, the Ambassador, Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Vietnam, Dr. Franz JESSEN stated that "The quality of tourism services is the key to Vietnam’s tourism competitiveness and development. But this can only be delivered by a professional workforce, trained to meet the demands of both the national and international travellers. We do hope that the EU assistance to schools and communes will create a more enabling environment for the teachers and trainers to conduct responsible tourism training courses".
The supply of equipment and furniture for My Khanh in particular and other nine community centres in general aims at training local communities to encourage and support tourism initiatives and activities. The training will involve local people and households willingly engaged in tourism activities as well as community advisors such as district cultural officers, commune officers, community activists, and local secondary school teachers, active representatives of local youth and women’s organisations.
The activity of equipping Kien Giang Technology and Economics Colleges will support tourism training and occupational practice on, namely, Front Office, Tour Guiding, Housekeeping and Food and Beverage Service. In addition, the ESRT Programme will continue to support these schools in improving teaching methods and curriculum content to meet the needs of the tourism industry in the future. The ESRT Programme, in collaboration with its partners, develops new Vietnam Tourism Occupational Standards (VTOS) to support the implementation of responsible tourism at local level.
At the handover ceremony, Vice Chairman of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), Mr. Nguyen Manh Cuong said that the ESRT Programme was built on the success of the former EU funded the Vietnam Human Resources Development in Tourism Project. He also said: "The emergence of these new tourist attractions leads to increasing needs of human resource and occupational skills, therefore the ESRT Programme was closely coordinated with the provinces, regions and local people to provide tourism training courses towards responsible and sustainable tourism development".
VNAT, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the EU Delegation to Vietnam approved the supply of equipment and furniture for a total of five tourism vocational schools/colleges and ten community centres across the country. This activity was allocated 300,000 euros in an overall operating budget of 1,100,000 euros. The remainder was allocated for equipping VNAT and its agencies for capacity building.