Vietnam and the TPP Chapter on Labor: Presentation by Fair Labor Association – Vietnam

Vietnam plays an important role in the apparel and footwear sector, and it is the second-largest country of production for FLA Participating Companies. In 2011, 355 suppliers employing more than 800,000 workers manufactured products for FLA Participating Companies in Vietnam. On April 11, 2012, FLA and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) launched an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of State to provide technical assistance and guidance to improve working conditions and social compliance programs at 50 apparel and footwear factories in Vietnam.
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The 15 best retail companies to work for in America … many are in Vietnam

Retail is the backbone of the American economy, and all roles within the industry can lead to successful, and meaningful, careers. That’s why a number of retail companies were featured on our list of the 50 best companies to work for in America. Many of the companies are AmCham companies, and offer great opportunities for Vietnamese talents. Read more

AmCham Scholarship 2015 • 15th Anniversary

AmCham Scholarship 2015 – News Videos

Amham Scholar 2015 Pham thi Kieu Ngan

2015 AmCham Scholarship Award Ceremony – News Videos

2015 AmCham Scholarship Award Ceremony – Media Clipping

AmCham Scholarship 2015 TIMELINE – Quick Summary

We, 20 MayTech Info Session
Mo,17 AugApplication form opening
Sa, 05 SepAmCham Scholarship Info Session
Sa, 26 SepApplication Deadline of Group 1
Sa, 03 OctApplication Deadline of Group 2
Sa, 17 OctScreening Results • English Test Schedule
Su, 01 NovEnglish Test
We, 04 NovEnglish Test Results • Ability Test Schedule
Sa, 07 NovAbility Test (SHL Test)
Sa, 14 NovResults of Ability Test (SHL Test)
Mo, 16 NovSchedule for Interviews
Sa, 28 NovInterview Day
Sa, 05 Dec     .Award Ceremony

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Vietnam’s 2016 Minimum Wage Proposal

The proposed Minimum Wage Adjustment for 2016, the third since the establishment of the National Wage Council under the revised Labour Code of 2012, is about 12.4%. It will be submitted to the Government for discussion and approval at the next regular meeting, and go into effect on Jan 1, 2016.  According to media reports, the proposed adjustment  is twice the level of forecast 2016 GDP growth (6.2%), CPI inflation (1.8% in 2015 and 4% in 2016), and four times average annual productivity growth (3.3%). On the other hand, it is lower than increases in the past four years: 2012 (29%), 2013 (17.5%), 2014 (15%), 2015 (15.1%). The proposed MW in Region 1 for 2015 would be 3.5 million vnd/month. If present trends continue, the minimum wage in Region 1 will be about 5.1 million vnd/month in 2020. For the second year in a row, the proposed adjustment is within 1% of our trend line estimate.

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Minimum Wage 2016 to be decided on Sep 3

The National Wage Council (NWC) will meet again on Sep 3, after it was unable to reach agreement in two earlier meetings on Aug 3 and 25 . The NWC will submit a recommendation in September for the Minimum Wage 2016 adjustment to the Government for a decision, which will be implemented not less than 90 days later, on Jan 1, 2016. The Vietnam Textiles and Apparel Association has proposed a  6 or 7 % adjustment, VCCI proposed 10%, and the VGCL (Vietnam General Confederation of Labour) proposed 16.8%. Read more

VCCI proposes 6~7% Minimum Wage adjustment for 2016

In an Aug 3 meeting of the National Wages Council, VCCI said a 6-7% increase is “acceptable.”

VCCI represents thousands of employers, after consulted with businesses, said “70% of businesses are operating without profits. A big wage increase will be a big burden.” Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association members said the industry, with three million workers, cannot afford sharp wage increases, especially in the context of higher power, fuel and shipping costs.
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AmCham Scholarship 2015 – Frequently Asked Questions

To return to AmCham Scholarship Program 2015, please click here.


What is the schedule for announcing results of the three phases of the selection process?

Click this link to see the complete schedule of the AmCham Scholarship 2015 Program.

The schedule for deadline for announcing results is:

Sat, 17 OctResults of Screening – Schedule for English Test
Sat, 31 OctResults of English Test • Schedule for Ability Test (SHL Test)
Sat, 14 NovResults of Ability Test (SHL Test)
Sat, 05 DecAmCham Scholarship Award Ceremony and Results

The complete schedule for AmCham Scholarship 2015 Program is:

Wed, 20 MayTech Information Session
Mon,17 AugApplication form opening
Sat, 05 SepAmCham Scholarship Information Session
Sat, 26 SepCountdown To Application Deadline of Group 1
Sat, 03 OctCountdown To Application Deadline of Group 2
Sat, 17 OctResults of Screening – Schedule for English Test
Sat, 24 OctEnglish Test
Sat, 31 OctResults of English Test • Schedule for Ability Test (SHL Test)
Sat, 07 NovAbility Test (SHL Test)
Sat, 14 NovResults of Ability Test (SHL Test)
Mon, 16 NovSchedule for Interviews
Sat, 28 NovAmCham Scholarship Interview Day
Sat, 05 DecAmCham Scholarship Award Ceremony and Results

Are there any award quotas among participant universities?

No, we confirm that we do not set any quotas among participant universities. Our objective is very clear. AmCham Scholarship is to select the best students for the awards. We treat applicants from different universities equally and fairly without any bias or discrimination. Through our strictly processing criteria, we believe that every applicant has an equal opportunity to achieve AmCham Scholarship.

What benefits can AmCham Scholars receive?

When you are selected to be an AmCham Scholar or even a runner-up, you will become a member of AmCham Scholars Alumni (ASA). As our member, you will enjoy many benefits, such as:

  • Be invited to many ASA (AmCham Scholar Alumni/ae) seminars. These are great learning events with influential speakers and various topics.
  • Take a myriad of opportunities to visit AmCham member companies. While learning about company operations, you may have the chance to approach internships and job positions.
  • Build unforgettable memories with ASA. Members enjoy monthly team building event and year-end party.
  • Learn from other ASA members. This is a great chance for you to learn and improve yourself.

What is the best way to communicate with the AmCham scholarship management team?

Please remember your application ID. Always type this ID in the subject line when communicating with the admin at [email protected].

Application Qualifications

I’m currently a 4th year student in HCMUT, Faculty of Electrical & Electronics. Am I eligible for this scholarship?

Yes, of course you are. If you are currently a third year and above but not graduate student of the universities listed on the AmCham Scholarship 2015 page, you are eligible to apply regardless of your major.

My GPA is 7.1, comparatively low. Should I apply for the scholarship?

You are cordially encouraged to apply. All applications with 7.0 GPA or higher are treated equally. In addition, we will look at your social activities and career orientation. Therefore, do not worry. You will create your own opportunity when you apply.

I have just received the PETRONAS English scholarship. Am I still eligible?

We have no constraints about this matter. The main purpose of this scholarship is to award Vietnamese Young Talents. Therefore, please feel free to apply for this scholarship.

Last year, I spent nine months studying abroad in an exchange student program. I’ve just come back and continue pursuing my bachelor degree in University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Am I eligible?

Yes, you are. If you are currently a third year and above but not a graduate student of the universities listed on the AmCham Scholarship 2015 page, then you are welcome to apply.

I am a final year student of Foreign Trade University but I am 25 years old. Can I apply?

Yes, you can. There is no age limit for AmCham Scholarship Applicants as long that you meet all criteria. Please refer to the who can apply section for detailed information.

My GPA is higher than 7.0. However, I feel inferior with my extra curriculum activities. Should I apply?

Don’t worry too much about this. Our procedure is professional enough to spot the qualified applicants. Have confidence in yourself!

Is it important to provide my achievements and career orientation?

Absolutely! This is a must and will contribute to your score to pass the application screening round. If we find any evidence to show that your statement is incorrect, we have the right to decline your application and withdraw your award. Therefore, be honest with your statement.

Online Application

How can I access the application form?

Please click on this link to go to ONLINE APPLICATION

When can I access the online application?

The application will be available on August 17, 2015.

What document should I prepare before filling out the online application?

The ONLY required document you need before starting the application is your official GPA certificate. This should be the completed GPA with all grades from the first year. Please scan this file in PDF format. Other optional documents are (1) your English certificate (also in PDF format) if your result is higher than our threshold, and (2) your Certificate (in PDF format) related to your Achievement at school or in the community.

Should I send the documents related to my social and community activities, or the prizes that I have obtained?

As answered on previous questions, yes. If you have the supporting document relating to your Achievement, please upload it on your Online Application form.

Can I modify my application? How?

We strongly encourage that you have everything ready before you start working on the online application, including your GPA, the optional English certificate, and Achievement certificate. Though the system will save your answers as you are filling out the form, and you may log out and return as often as you wish, we encourage that you complete the application in one sitting. Once you have submitted your application, you cannot revise it. If you notice any mistakes, please contact [email protected]

How do I know if my online application has successfully reached the scholarship team? Will you send me an email notification?

Every 5pm on Saturday we will upload the completed application list on our website . If you do not see your name on this list, even though you have completed the online application and successfully uploaded your GPA, please send an email to [email protected] Don’t forget to enter your application ID in the subject line.

If a network problem occurs when I am submitting my application exactly when it is due, my application might be late for a few minutes. Will you accept this late application?

Unfortunately, the answer is “No”. Our system automatically stops receiving applications when the deadline arrives. Therefore, please keep the deadline in mind and apply early.

How can I prepare PDF file for Scholarship Application?

We strongly recommend that you scan your GPA Certificate and the optional English Certificate in PDF formatnot in JPEG, PNG, or any other version. This will be the easiest and most convenient method. Please note, during scanning do not let your file become too large or you may have problem with the upload system. However, if your scanner is not available for PDF format, there are a lot of tools to help you convert your JPEG/DOC file into PDF.

Adobe Acrobat Professional is a powerful software to convert any file types into PDF format. If your computer already has this software, please find the “Create PDF” button on the toolbar or on the “Get Started with Adobe Acrobat Professional” introductory window. To get Acrobat Pro, you must pay or use it in trial mode. There is also free software which will allow you to convert your file into PDF format. PrimoPDF is free to download and easy to use.

In addition, many websites let users convert their file into PDF format online. The followings are most commonly used, some websites may require you to register before getting full access:

Create Adobe PDF Online
Online PrimoPDF Converter
Free PDF Converter

Please note that when converting, always make sure to keep your PDF file as small as possible. We recommend that each file should not exceed 4MB. You can compress your PDF file with the Adobe Acrobat Professional software.

English Test

Can I have some information about the English test?

After the initial screening of applications for the AmCham Scholarship 2013, about 350 applicants will be selected for the English Test. Usually, the test comprises of two parts, reading and listening. The answers are under the form of multiple choices. Depending on your English skills, the test will take about one hours (maximum) to complete. Please click this link for more information about theAbout the English Test. The applicants are encouraged to arrive at the test venue 15 minutes earlier to check in.

What score level do I need to pass the English test?

It depends on the English level of all participants but history data shows at least upper-intermediate level.

Abilities Test

Can I have some information about the Abilities test?

The Abilities Test (SHL) consists of Verbal Critical Reasoning and Numerical Critical Reasoning. Please click this link for more information about the About the Abilities Test .


Could we have more information about the Interview in English?

After the Ability Test , the top 100 students will advance to the Interview round. Click this link to see the Schedule for Interview in English. The Interview will be conducted on Saturday, 28 November 2015 . Please click this link for more information about How to Prepare for an Interview.

AmCham Scholarship 2015 – Online Application Guidelines

AmCham Scholarship 2015 – Online Application Guidelines

Click here to download the application Form Highlights

We have arranged an Online Application to facilitate students applications. It should take about 45 minutes to complete. Kindly note, as you are working on the application, you can log out and return as many times as you wish. Your answers will be saved by the system. However, once you have submitted your application, you cannot revise it. If you notice any mistakes, please contact via the email address: [email protected].

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AmCham Scholarship 2015 – Schedule for Interview in English

Congratulations to all that completed the AmCham Scholarship Abilities Test and especially to those listed below that qualified for the next step, the Interview, conducted in English by AmCham HR Committee Members.

Please note carefully the time of your scheduled test and arrive promptly on Saturday, November 28, 2015

Location: (to be announced)

There are four batches scheduled for the interview at different times: 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am and 11:00 am in the morning.

Please be sure to bring your Student card or ID Card for proof of identity in order to register for the Interview and arrive 15 minutes before the Interview is scheduled to begin.

Please click here for some hints on how to prepare for your interview: Interview Preparation.

Interview Preparation – AmCham Scholarship Program

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.– Norman Vincent Peale

Successful interviewing begins with preparation. Read the following sections to be fully prepared before your first interview. And reread the information for additional pointers as your interviewing approach matures over time.

Click on the below links for hints on how to prepare for an interview.

Competitive Interview Techniques. Successful interviewing begins with preparation. Read the sections to be fully prepared before your first interview. And reread the information for additional pointers as your interviewing approach matures over time.

Mastering the Interview. You are a special person. You know it. Your Mom knows it. Your Dad knows it. Your friends and relatives know it. But unless you convince the interviewer of your special talents and abilities, you will fade into that great dark abyss of Interviews Lost. Study this Section. Get comfortable with the techniques and tactics before your first interview. Remember, every interview counts.

50 Standard Interview Questions Don’t just read these questions—practice and rehearse the answers. It is not enough to think about them in your head—practice! Sit down with a friend or your roommate and go through all of the questions. Make the most of every single interview opportunity by being fully prepared! You can also have a look at How to ace the 50 most common interview questions to prepare yourself better!

Interview Preparation Hints from Many online articles with tips on how to prepare for a successful interview, for example: Six Interview Answers, and especially for new graduates from universities and colleges: Interview Preparation for New Graduates, etc.

Informational Interviewing. An informational interview should be an integral part of your networking and job-hunting plan. An informational interview involves talking with people who are currently working in the field to gain a better understanding of an occupation or industry—and to build a network of contacts in that field.

10 Must-Know Job Interview Questions and Answers for Fresh Graduates Job search is a new experience to all fresh graduates. In fact, ask any recent graduate out there and he/she will tell you that there’s nothing like the first job interview. It’s natural to feel nervous because even the most grizzled corporate veterans go through it. One thing to remember is to always preparefor those tough interview questions. Read today’s post to learn the 10 most common interview questions every recent graduate faces.

Job Interview Tips for Fresh Graduates As soon as a potential employer calls for an interview, most new graduates immediately search the Internet for tips on how to perform well at a job interview. Instead, we’ve done the searching for you and compiled a list of tips that could potentially save you hours of online research.

Tough Interview Questions Answered “Tough interview questions are an opportunity for job seekers to show that they know what they want, they are proud of their career path and looking for an opportunity to grow. Well handled, a tough interview can become a real door opener”


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