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Vietnam speeds up recruitment of skilled staff for nuclear power sector

28 Aug 2013
According to the Ministry of Science and Technology, Vietnam is speeding up its recruitment of skilled professionals for the nuclear power sector as it prepares to start construction on the country’s first nuclear power plant early next year.

In 2010, the Vietnamese government approved a project worth $143 million to develop human resources in the nuclear sector. Under the project, by 2015 seven educational institutions will be upgraded to provide human resources for the sector. Training programmes related to policy making and management for nuclear power projects are set to ensure enrolment of at least 250 students each year.

By 2020 the country aims to have around 2,400 engineers and 350 master’s degree holders with working experience in nuclear power plants. In addition, about 500 managers and staff will be sent abroad for intensive experience accumulation in the field.

Vietnam released the Master Plan for National Power Development for the 2011-2020 periods, which state that the first two nuclear power plants in central Ninh Thuan province will be operational in 2020 and are estimated to generate 2,000 MW per year.

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