On the morning of June 26 in Hai Phong, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Ho Chi Minh Regional Branch (VCCI Ho Chi Minh Region) coordinated with the Australian Embassy in Vietnam has launched a conference of Skills forecast for Vietnam’s port Industry 2024-2028 and provide updates for the Skills forecast for Vietnam Logistics Industry 2024-2026.

Image of the Skill forecast

The conference attracted more than 100 delegates, including leaders and representatives from the Australian Embassy in Vietnam, VCCI, Hai Phong People’s Committee; Directorate of Vocational Education and Training; Vietnam Maritime Administration; Agency of Foreign Trade; Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs of Ho Chi Minh City; Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs of Hai Phong City; Aus4skills alongside lecturers, researchers, businesses, associations and organizations concerned about the development of workforce’s skills in Vietnam.

During the conference, delegates received insights on highlighted topics in Skill forcast from experts, including an overview of port industry trends, labor demands, skill requirements, and challenges facing the workforce in the Vietnam’s port industry during 2024 – 2028. These are reflected from the data gathered during the process of developing the report, which provides forecasts on career shifting, and vocational skills served for the growth of the industry.

Mr. Hoang Quang Phong, Vice President of VCCI, in the opening session of the conference, emphasized the importance of preparing skilled workforce to meet the requirements of the upcoming period. He highly appreciated the role of the Skill forecast in meeting labor market demands, especially in the port industry which plays an important strategic role in Vietnam’s socio-economic development. He also thanked the relevant parties for their contributions to improving labor skills in Vietnam.

Mr. Hoang Minh Cuong, Vice Chairman of the Hai Phong People’s Committee highlighted both the development and challenges of the logistics industry in Hai Phong, and the role of training and improving the quality of workforce to meet market demands.

Mr. Hoang Hong Giang, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Maritime Administration, stated that Vietnam has the potential to become a regional logistics hub thanks to its geographical location. However, he also noted about the shortage of specialized logistics workforce, particularly in management and operations of professional supply chains. To address this issue, it is necessary to invest in logistics training and foster mutual collaboration among ministries, port-related businesses, logistics firms, and vocational-training institutions to ensure students are equipped with practical skills aligned with industry requirements.

Mr. Andrew Goledzinowski, Australian Ambassador in Vietnam, shared in the conference: “I am very happy that Australia has supported Vietnam in developing workforce for more than 50 years, and now we are putting our efforts together support Vietnam in transportation, logistics, and skill development. With our support, ministries, vocational-training institutions and businesses in the port and logistics industry have come together and shared a general forecast of the port industry’s skills demands over the next five years, and the skills demands of the logistics industry in the next 3 years. Our commitment under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Vietnam fosters a sustainable economic growth in Vietnam through a highly-skilled and competitive workforce.

Representatives of Australian Embassy in Vietnam, VCCI, Hai Phong People’s Committee; Directorate of Vocational Education and Training; Vietnam Maritime Administration; Agency of Foreign Trade; and the LIRC initialized the announcement of the report. 

The detailed information in this report will be served as a valuable reference resource for management agencies, vocational-training institutions and businesses related to the port industry. Simultaneously, this report represents the inheritance and continuity of the Logistics Industry Skills Forecast Report 2021 – 2023, marking a milestone in the growth and efforts of the Logistics Industry Reference Council (LIRC) in its role of providing forecast information for the industry.

Skills forecast reports contribute in fostering mutual collaboration among industry partners and vocational education activities, aiming to provide conditions for businesses to access well-trained and highly-skilled workforce. In the current state of Vietnam, the publishment of the first Skills Forecast Report for the logistics industry for the period 2021-2023 (with updates in the next 3 years), the Port Industry Skills Forecast Report for the period 2024 – 2028 serve as clear evidence encouraging active participation of businesses in orienting and developing workforce for the industry, ensuring capacity requirements as well as necessary skills.

Representatives of the Skill forcast’s editors taking commemorative photos with the delegates.

Skills forecast for Vietnam’s port Industry 2024-2028 was developed by the Logistics Industry Reference Council (LIRC) with the support of VCCI Ho Chi Minh Region in collaboration with experts in the logistics field from Vietnam and Australia. This is an activity within the framework of (Aus4Skills) supported by the Australian Government to enhance Vietnam’s workforce capacity and  leverage emerging economic opportunities and achieve long-term development goals.

All delegates having group photos in the conference