Decree No. 15/2019/ND-CP (Decree 15) entered into force on 20 March 2019.
Decree 15 offers detailed instructions on the implementation of the Law on Vocational Education and Training (LOVET), and is expected to attract foreign investment in the vocational training.
In this update, we will set out the most important points.
Before a foreign investor launches a project of vocational institution, at least the following conditions must be taken into consideration.
If required, an investment registration certificate needs to be obtained and a minimum land area corresponding to the type of institutions needs to be obtained which are as follows:
- basic vocational centre: 1,000m2;
- secondary-level vocational training centre: 10,000m2 in an urban area; and 20,000m2 in a suburban or rural area;
- vocational training college: 20,000m2 in an urban area; and 40,000m2 in a suburban or rural area.
The required investment capital is:
- at least VND 5 billion for a vocational education centre,
- VND 50 billion for a secondary-level vocational centre; and
- VND 100 billion for a vocational training college.
The training curriculum must meet the requirements set out in the LOVET; and the secondary-level vocational training centres and vocational training colleges must include the mandatory subjects prescribed by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.
Decree 15 permits a foreign investor to establish branch, being a division of the secondary vocational institution or college. The following criteria must be met by the foreign investor. There must be a detailed project explaining the necessity of a branch, the name and scope of the branch, and details about the areas and subjects for which training will be provided. The investment capital amount should be 25% of the capital required to establish full-fledged vocational training institutions as mentioned before; and an agreement to rent the physical facilities should be for at least 5 years.
2.2 Representative Office
A foreign vocational educational institution could establish a representative office for 5 years with the objective to increase cooperation with Vietnamese partners, manage the implementation of partnership agreements with local partners, hold seminars, and provide counseling services. The usual prohibition of not being allowed to be involved in profit rendering activities and setting up of branches applies. Also, the foreign institution should have operated at least 5 years in the country of origin and must have a legal entity status.
Mark Oakley / Managing Partner
This legal update is not an advice and should not be treated as such.