Hiep added that it was the working classes that best understood the needs of the poor.

To be considered for training, labourers must have a good work record and be under 30 years old.

Hiep said the department would run profile checks on potential recruits to ensure they would make suitable State officials.

Training courses will be 10 months to 24 months long, depending on the seniority of the positions to be filled, he added.

After training, the new recruits will fill vacant positions in local Party committees, the Fatherland Front, socio-political organisations and agencies.

Hiep said training costs and expenses will be paid for from the city’s budget.

"This is only a pilot scheme. We hope that this model will be permanently implemented so more labourers can become leaders in our important agencies," Hiep said.

Nguyen Dong Hung, who works in HCM City’s Binh Thanh District, said he would relish the prospect of becoming a State official, as would many of his co-workers. — VNS