Helping to modernize vocational training in Vietnam’s electrical sector

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With the support of the Rexel Foundation, IECD will train 720 young Vietnamese electricians with a focus on energy efficiency

September 2016 to September 2018

In Vietnam, the unemployment rate among young adults is three times higher than the national average. At the same time, certain technical skills are in short supply in the job market. There is a “disconnect between employers, universities and vocational training organizations.” For 80% of employers seeking to recruit technicians, this represents a drag on the development of their business activity.

The project, which is spearheaded by the Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement (IECD) in partnership with Ton Duc Thang University and the Industrial Maintenance Training Center at Ho Chi Minh City University, aims to adapt young electricians’ training programs to meet companies’ needs, with their help. The new curriculum will focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy, providing students with high-growth skills that will have a positive impact on the environment and will generate energy savings.

The initiative is part of the Seeds of Hope program developed by the IECD and Schneider Electric that began in 2007 and has already been successfully implemented in Lebanon, Nigeria, Egypt and Morocco. Its aim is to increase job opportunities for young adults via vocational training in the electrotech sector.


This project is intended for 720 students between the ages of 15-30, over a 3-year period. The Rexel Foundation is contributing funds, equipment and skills sponsorship with the help of employee volunteers.

Based on the creation and strengthening of school/business interaction, the initiative comprises several components:

  • Updating training programs and equipment.
  • Training the trainers: a dozen trainers will receive training in pedagogical, technical and general skills, and will be given technical assistance in organizing their training sessions. Their ongoing training and the evolution of the various programs will be supported by interaction with experts and twinning with other vocational training institutes around the world.
  • Student assistance: an orientation and employment office will be created to ensure the professional integration of young graduates.
  • Training promotion: vocational training in the electrical sector will be promoted via targeted communication and the organization of annual energy efficiency seminars.


  • Facilitate the professional integration of young adults in the energy sector through high-quality vocational training that meets companies’ true needs;
  • Implement a dynamic of sharing best practices between training schools and businesses;
  • Promote job opportunities in the high-growth fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy;
  • Create a favorable environment for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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The IECD is a development assistance organization that shares its expertise in technical training and professional integration, support for SME and access to education and healthcare.

Created in Strasbourg in 1988, it is recognized as a public interest association. It has already carried out 45 projects in 15 countries, in Africa, Madagascar, the Middle East and South-East Asia.

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