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Assisting the development and employment of a highly-skilled workforce in Vietnam

Assisting the development and employment of a highly-skilled workforce in Vietnam


Vietnam needs a highly skilled workforce to meet its objective of becoming an industrialised country by 2020. The Australia-Vietnam Human Resource Development Strategy 2014-2020 guides Australia's support for Vietnam's human resource development. The strategy aims to provide knowledge and skills through scholarships and short-term training to support alumni in their workplaces and to strengthen the links between Vietnam and Australia.

Assisting the development and employment of a highly skilled workforce fact sheet

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$38 million, 2016-2020

Aus4Skills (formerly Vietnam-Australia Human Resources Development Partnership) is supporting Vietnam to access and use high-level professional and technical knowledge, skills and competencies to contribute to the country's sustainable economic and social development. The program is building enduring links with Australia. The program components include promoting industry linkages with vocational education and training, improving the quality of universities in the Northern Mountainous Region, and advancing inclusive leadership

Support is delivered using a range of skills development tools: Australia Awards Scholarships, Australia Awards short courses and other informal learning opportunities such as workshops, study tours and technical assistance. Aus4Skills seeks to empower and provide opportunities for women, people with disabilities, people from remote areas and ethnic minorities. Aus4Skills also enables implementation of the Australian Alumni in Vietnam Strategy 2016-21. Aus4Skills is managed by Coffey.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Vietnam Aus4Skills: Mid Term Review and management response 2019 Mid Term Review and management response

Australia Awards

The Australia Awards Scholarships in Vietnam aim to improve the quality of human resources in Vietnam through long term study in Australia. These scholarships equip leaders with skills and knowledge to personally drive change and influence development outcomes in Vietnam. They also strengthen public institutions and promote linkages between Australia and Vietnam. Priority areas of study include governance and economic growth, transport, water and sanitation, education, gender equality, agriculture and rural development, maritime security, regional stability and human rights.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Australian Development Scholarships in Vietnam Design Document 2009-2016 2008 Design document
Australia-Vietnam Human Resources Development Strategy 2014 Strategy
Australia-Vietnam Human Resource Development Program 2016-2020 2015 Design document
Australia Awards Vietnam Program Completion Report 2009-2016 2016 Completion Report
Aus4Skills: Design of non-scholarship HRD components 2017 Design document
Aus4Skills Program Annual Plan 2017–2018
2017 Annual plan
Aus4Skills fact sheet 2017 Fact sheet

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Australian Volunteers Program

Since 1985 more than 1,000 Australian volunteers have worked for a range of institutions - multilateral, private sector, government, and non-government organisations - in sectors of high priority for Vietnam's development.

The program matches skilled Australians from all walks of life with organisations in developing countries to help these organisations deliver their own objectives. Through meaningful volunteer assignments, the program creates enduring links between Australians and people and organisations in partner countries. The program is delivered by Australian Volunteers International (AVI) in consortium with Cardno and the Whitelum Group.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Final Design: Australian Volunteers Program 2017-2022 2017 Design document
Factsheet and Vietnam Country Report 2018 Factsheet and report

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* The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is committed to high standards of transparency and accountability in the management of the Australian aid program through publishing information on our website, including policies, plans, results, evaluations and research. Our practice is to publish documents after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.

Last Updated: 30 August 2019
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