While emerging technologies bring a positive impact to economic developments in Vietnam, having a strong base of local training professionals is necessary for helping young entrepreneurs tap into new business opportunities. To this end, Microsoft Vietnam recently collaborated with the ASEAN Foundation and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) to organise the first ‘Training of Trainers’ (TOT) session in Vietnam in April.

Conducted by the ASEAN Foundation, the TOT session is part of the region-wide programme named ‘Enhancing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Skills of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in ASEAN’ that was launched in late 2012.

In Vietnam, the programme is aimed at building awareness among aspiring entrepreneurs in Vietnam on how they can realise the full potential of their business ventures through ICT training — especially for young people aged between 19 and 35 who do not have adequate access to basic technology resources to develop their business startups. To achieve this objective, the TOT session was focused on equipping the participants with the necessary knowledge and training techniques to be ICT training professionals, supporting young entrepreneurs in rural communities.

Around 23 trainees from a range of nonprofit groups and VCCI partners participated in the three-day TOT session, including Hoang Manh Duc. Mr Duc, a Training Manager at the Bach Khoa Information Technology Academy focused on networking and security, decided to enrol in the TOT course to learn how to impart his knowledge of the effective use of ICT solutions for community development.

“At the Bach Khoa Information Technology Academy, I am directly involved in teaching and sharing ICT knowledge with my faculty colleagues. Through the TOT course, I gained useful perspectives into how I can improve the way I organise and deliver my lectures, as well as introduce suitable solutions to address common ICT challenges faced by rural communities. I now feel more confident in my ability to deliver ICT skills training to help young entrepreneurs in Vietnam,” said Mr Duc.

Le Hong Nhi, Community Affairs Manager at Microsoft Vietnam, said, “One of Microsoft's key commitments in Vietnam is providing affordable technologies to nonprofits and emerging businesses in Vietnam. We believe there is a great potential for developing a base of trainers who are capable of delivering professional ICT skills training to empower young business startups to help them realise their potential.”

The TOT session was followed by the launch of an e-business incubation programme, providing mentorship and assistance in the implementation of ICT in the business sector. The programme is aimed at promoting a wide range of locally-produced household products to a broader international market through the latest e-commerce
platforms.

In his keynote address at the event, Dinh Manh Hung, Deputy Director, SME Promotion Centre at ASEAN Foundation, said, “ICT has a very significant role in helping SMEs promote their product offerings to the global market. This joint programme is aimed at developing ICT skills for local SMEs, as well as promoting the competitiveness
of Vietnam’s business sector through e-commerce.”