Vocational Training

Vocational Training in Laos

 

Similar to many European countries, Laos has not enough professionals mainly in technical professions. Though there has been continuous economic growth of 8% in the last years and rising investments of foreign countries, the boom does not reach a lot of Laotians as they are working in agriculture and are therefore not qualified and also don’t see a perspective in gaining needed qualifications. As there is no free access to press, effective use of the internet or job fares like in Germany, vocational training is not an option for many pupils as they do not even possess the knowledge of where they could find it. Many people still live in subsistence agriculture and as there are not many companies in Laos it is hard to imagine for many pupils what vocational training actually means.

Additionally in the countryside parents have reservations concerning vocational training. Many families are poor and therefore their children have to start working right after they finished secondary school and contribute to the family income.  It’s often a very pragmatic decision not to send a 16-year-old child for 2 or 3 additional years to another school, which would have to be paid for while the child could not support his family financially during this time. Another point is that vocational training doesn’t have a very high reputation. The apprenticeship to become a mechanic is put on a level with working in the familiar garage and learning-by-doing.

 

 

 

Verkabelung an der Hauptstraße in Vientiane

Verkabelung an der Hauptstraße in Vientiane

 

Typische Werkstatt in Ban Sikeud: Schlaf-, Wohn-, Arbeits- und Esszimmer für zwei Personen in einem Raum.

Typische Werkstatt in Ban Sikeud: Schlaf-, Wohn-, Arbeits- und Esszimmer für zwei Personen in einem Raum.

 

 

Vocational Training at Lao-German-Technical College

 

The foundation supports the pupils of the secondary school to start a vocational training. That is why there is close cooperation between the Lao-German-Technical College in Vientiane, one of the best vocational training schools and Laos, and the foundation. To make vocational training more popular joint events and visits are organised to guarantee the best possibilities for the children’s apprenticeship and their future. The Lao German Technical College is a public institution with about 1300 students. The college collaborates closely with enterprises like Toyota, Ford or Kubota and offers a dual cooperative training.  There are trainings for motorcar mechanics, electrics, welding and plumbing, welding or general mechanics. The successful graduation in one of the trainings at the Lao German Technical College guarantees the acquisition by companies which are searching desperately for professionals which had a good training. Since 1964 the college is supported by Germans which is also the reason for its name. As many Laotian people had a technical vocational training in the former German Democratic Republic there is a tight cooperation between Laos and Germany. There is an English-speaking  hyperlink to youtube which conveys a good impression (LINK).

 

 

 

 

BHS Corrugated, the biggest donor of the foundation and an enterprise having with the ÜBZO a lot of experience in vocational training, started a cooperation with the Lao German Technical College in 2015. BHS Corrugated started to train nearly 50 students to become mechanics or electricians in two three-year-trainings. The first prospects (LINK) were already found in December 2015, a broader promotion tour (LINK) of BHS Corrugated and Lao-German Technical College at the Phan Heng Secondary School in February 2016 introduced the Recruitment and training programme (LINK).

 

 

MoU 15.12.15 (2) Untitled

 

 

 

Das langfristige Ziel soll es deshalb sein, ein vollständiges Angebot an guter Bildung anzubieten, durch die Verbesserung der schulischen Bildung in den Schulen der Stiftung vor allem im Englischunterricht und Naturwissenschaften um in einer mehrsprachigen, technischen Mittelschule die besten Voraussetzungen zum Übergang in eine berufliche Ausbildung zu schaffen.