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Vietnamese worker compete in ASEAN skills

by VTV403 October 2016 Last updated at 11:31 AM

VTV.vn - The 11th ASEAN Skills Competition just concluded last week, attracting 280 workers from 9 ASEAN nations. Vietnam finished in 3rd place, ahead of vocational heavyweights such as Singapore and Thailand.

Vietnam thrived in the hi-tech categories of the 2016 ASEAN Skills Competition, clinching 3 gold medals in CNC machine maintenance and industrial mechanisation. The team also earned a gold medal in brick arrangement, a traditional category. However, there is still room for improvement.

Dinh Cong Dien, Gold Medalist in CNC Machine Maintenance ASEAN Skills Competition said: We need to work more on our teamwork.

"I have to improve my communication with others", said Nguyen Tuan Anh, Gold Medalist in CNC Machine Maintenance, ASEAN Skills Competition.

Many believed the Vietnamese participants’ greatest disadvantage was their poor English skills. This cost them the opportunity to engage with international investors and experts.

This year, aircraft maintenance featured for the first time at the event. Singapore and Malaysia are currently presenting many opportunities in other hi-tech disciplines.

Dr. Pang Chau Leong, Chief Director, Singaporean Department of Skill Development said: We are intensifying heavy industrialisation, digital technology, and tourism, but lacking skilled workers.

Vietnamese contestants underwent intense training for 3 consecutive months before the contest. This somewhat justifies Vietnam's success in this year's skills competition. However, the biggest question now is whether or not Vietnam can maintain this performance level on a national scale.

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