Case Study

Chisholm uplifts capacity and skills in 25 vocational colleges across Vietnam.

Through the Vietnam TVET Reform Program, we delivered teacher training for 350+ Vietnamese vocational teachers, developed 12 Australian qualification packages aligned to Vietnamese industry needs and implemented change across 25 vocational colleges.


Government of Vietnam


The Vietnam TVET Reform Program was funded by the Government of Vietnam through the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and was implemented through a partnership comprising the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET) and Chisholm. The goal was to enhance the vocational education and training system throughout Vietnam and develop a skilled workforce that would service the country’s future economic growth.

We were chosen through an international tender process.

The challenge

Our brief was to deliver a complete end-to-end project supporting college capacity building, teacher skills development and training, industry connections and student outcomes in further education and employment.

Students were to be skilled and job-ready across a variety of areas deemed critical to Vietnam’s economic growth. These included biotechnology, mechatronics, industrial electronics, graphic design, IT software applications, techniques for electricity installation and control in industry, computer network management, and refrigeration and air conditioning engineering.

This complex project involvement multiple stakeholder engagements, from project partners through to industry, teachers and managers from 25 colleges, and students. Importantly, we had to contextualise all training and mentoring to meet industry needs and ensure the whole program was fully adaptive to the Vietnamese environment.

The solution

To achieve project outcomes, we:

  • developed competency‐based curriculum in close consultation with industry in Vietnam to inform standards and alignment with international best practice
  • advised on bringing college facilities and equipment to international standards
  • provided both vocational training and teacher training to prepare teachers to deliver Chisholm programs
  • provided ongoing quality assurance and mentoring for teachers to ensure quality compliance.

Our holistic approach included a focus in the curricula on employment outcomes using supportive strategies such as career counselling, preparation for work webinars, panel discussions with industry, and advisory sessions on further study abroad.

As the program was delivered in dual languages, students also undertook over six months of English preparation before starting their vocational programs.

The result

Twenty-five vocational colleges uplifted capacity and can now deliver internationally recognised qualifications that meet the Australian Skills Quality Authority regulatory standards and Australian Qualifications Framework requirements up to advanced diploma level.

Key outcomes of the project included:

  • 350 Vietnamese vocational teachers gaining a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Australian vocational qualifications to build on their own Vietnamese industry qualifications
  • 727 students achieving internationally recognised Australian qualifications
  • 93% student retention across all colleges; a very strong outcome considering the challenges identified by students which included a new format of delivery (in competency based training) and delivery in a foreign language
  • an average score/grading across diploma and advanced diplomas of 78.31%
  • 80% of colleges indicated interest continuing on with Chisholm partnership programs.

For students, gaining transportable, internationally recognised qualifications and career development skills helped them access employment and further study opportunities. Teachers now understand competency based training and the importance of industry collaboration for contextualised and current training delivery. And changes within the colleges will assist in improving English skills, the professional practice of teachers, future training for students and meeting the needs of Vietnamese industry.

Graduates from the program have entered the workforce with internationally recognised qualifications across a range of higher end technologies. They are working for large local and overseas organisations such as Foxconn Technology Group, Canon, LG, Samsung, Hanacans and Vingroup. 

“Your students are well trained in theory and practice, their English skills are better than other students, they have knowledge of modern technology. They were also very confident, willing to study new things and challenge themselves. LGD wants to have a close and long cooperation with Chisholm.”
– LGD Display, Employer, Vietnam

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