Speaking at the ceremony, Truong Thanh Hoai, Director of the MoIT’s Heavy Industries Department, pointed out some of the industry’s weak points in terms of competitiveness and spare parts materials, attributing them to the limited management and investment capacity of local companies.
He said the Government and other relevant ministries have issued many policies to support the growth of the sector, adding that Samsung’s courses are an important part of such efforts.
Eight courses of this kind are scheduled to take place in 2018 and 2019, each lasting for three months, aiming to train 200 consultants in total. They are part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the MoIT and Samsung Vietnam, signed during the President of the Republic of Korea’s visit to Vietnam in March. The aim of the effort is to improve the production efficiency of local enterprises in the sector, thus gradually meeting the requirements of global supply chains.
Participants are set to be provided with theoretical knowledge on quality control and production management during the first four weeks, followed by eight weeks of practice at enterprises, where they will apply Samsung’s tested process. The process starts with assessing operations and the business situation of enterprises, advising them on how to renovate their production process, quality management, and circulation of products by maintaining a good working environment and improving productivity.
The third and fourth courses, also held in HCM City, are designed for consultants from southern localities, while the first two were for northern provinces.
According to Director General of Samsung Vietnam Shim Won Hwan, from the success and positive feedback of the first and second courses, it can be expected that the training for southern provinces will provide new knowledge and useful experience for learners, who will later become core human resources for domestic enterprises in enhancing their capacity and competitiveness, thus allowing them to join supply chains of transnational groups, including Samsung.
Samsung has been providing support for Vietnamese enterprises in this field by sending experienced experts to help them improve their capabilities. A total of 32 Vietnamese firms have benefited from this support to date.
At the Ho Chi Minh City ceremony, representatives from companies in the south – such as Nghia Nippers JSC, Dien Quang Lamp JSC, and Khang Thanh packaging company – received their certificates of completion.
Nguyen Thi Thanh, Vice Director of Khang Thanh, said that with the knowledge gained from the course, her company has made changes to its production process, resulting in a 30% increase in productivity.