Elevating Skills Through KONE Academy

June 29, 2018

HO CHI MINH, Vietnam – KONE Academy, the training venue for the project “Promote Technical Education Reform of Mechanics and Electrification to Professionals” (PROMPT), was opened last June 29.


The construction industry in Vietnam is booming and as more high-rise buildings begin construction, the demand for elevators and escalators also increases. The demand for skilled labor is evident and urgent. However Vietnam elevator companies, due to lack of supply in the workforce, are outsourcing services, such as installations, testing, and commissioning, which also face quality problems.


KONE is a global leader in elevator and escalator industry. KONE, with funding support from KfW DEG, partnered with ASSIST Vietnam to address the risks of malfunctions and safety hazards in elevators and escalators construction industry. Project PROMPT and its local partner, Ly Tu Trong College (LTTC), will conduct trainings to create a strong skilled labor workforce in Vietnam.


The opening ceremony of KONE Academy was held last June 29. Present during the event were H.E. Kari Kahiluoto Ambassador of the Embassy of Finland, Axel Berkling, Executive Vice President of Kone Asia Pacific, Nguyen Van Vu, General Director of Kone Vietnam, Sreenivas Narayanan, Managing Director of ASSIST, Aru David, Country Head of ASSIST Vietnam, and Pham Huu Loc, Rector of LTTC.


Scholarships in mechanics were awarded at the opening ceremony. Axel Berkling said “I am sure the collaboration will help in improving skills, both theoretical and practical. The certificate of vocation that they receive from the academy will also help in creating new career opportunities.”


For the rest of the year, the academy will hold trainings for the first batch of students who are also recipients of the Honor scholarships. They will complete the their trainings in 2019 and an evaluation and modification process be conducted to monitor the effectivity of the training programs before the second batch of students starts their training.