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December 2014, Issue #18
Dear Skills & Employability Network Members,

The Skills update brings you latest news from our region. This edition features our new video on mutual recognition of skills in ASEAN, news about Viet Nam' s VET law and much more.

We would also like to wish you all Very Happy and Prosperous Year 2015!

Kind regards, the Skills and Employability team
Video: Toward the Implementation of Mutual Recognition of Skills in ASEAN countries
Toward the Implementation of Mutual Recognition of Skills in ASEAN
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In this video,
representatives from government, employers' and workers' organizations, ASEAN Secretariat and the ILO share their views on the importance of mutual recognition of skills (MRS) as the ASEAN Economic Community comes into effect in 2015.
Viet Nam approves new law on vocational education and training
A new vocational education and training (VET) law for Viet Nam was passed by the National Assembly in November 2014. The ILO supported the VET law revision process by providing technical inputs and assisting the Ministry of Labour (MoLISA) and the National Assembly in all the consultation meetings on the law.
India to establish a National Network on apprenticeship
In December, representatives from the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), the All India Council of Employers (AIOE), the Ministry of Labour & Employment (MOLE), the National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) and other key stakeholders in the apprenticeship system met in Delhi to discuss establishment of a national network on apprenticeship in India. If an Indian network is established it will be part of the Global Apprenticeships Network (GAN) which was launched in 2013 as a coalition of committed companies, employers’ federations and associations dedicated to promoting work readiness programs for youth. The ultimate goal of the GAN is to create job opportunities for youth while ensuring skills for business. Many large companies such as the Adecco Group, UBS and Samsung Electronics have joined the GAN.

The GAN National Networks have already been started in Colombia, Indonesia, Turkey, France and Tanzania. They are an extension of the Global Network and have an essential role in promoting apprenticeships in unique national contexts. The National Networks commit to increasing the number of work-based training opportunities for youth, facilitate the exchange of best practices on quality apprenticeship programmes and influence national policy frameworks related to this.

The ILO’s Delhi office will work with the GAN secretariat to take the plan of an Indian National Network forward.

For more information on GAN, see
Orientation on Employment Services and LMI for Higher Level Provincial Officials in Vientiane, Lao PDR
The ILO/China South-South Cooperation Project organized a two- day Orientation on Employment Services and Labour Market Information for Employment Services Job Centre staff from several provinces in Lao PDR.  The meeting was organized in collaboration with Lao PDR’s Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare in November.

The Orientation provided an opportunity for the provincial level decision-makers and staff to develop action plans on Employment Services for 2015. The action plans are designed to improve Employment Services Job Centre’s performance, enhance employment services delivery to job seekers and employers, and to raise awareness of the types of services the Employment Services Job Centres can provide to the jobseekers and employers.  The results from the implementation of the action plans will support the National Economic and Social Development Plan and the Labour Law.
Group photo
Group photo
Action Planning by ESJC Vientiane province
Action Planning by ESJC Vientiane province
Upcoming workshops in Cambodia and Lao PDR
The ILO Regional Skills Program will organize national workshops in Cambodia and Lao PRD, under the Korea-funded Project on “Towards a Mutual Recognition of Skills in CLM Member States” (TMRS-CLM). The aim of the workshops is to assist the countries in the design and implementation of the mutual recognition of skills mechanisms through policy guidelines and directions, in preparation for the ASEAN Economic Community. The workshop in Cambodia will take place on 16th December 2014, followed by the workshop in Lao PDR on the 18th December 2014.
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