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Vocational training available to foreign workers   

The Human Resources Development Service of Korea, led by its president Yu Jae-Soub, has taken an active step to provide foreign workers with vocational training.

The HRD Korea announced that it would train 5,000 foreign workers with E-9 visa from June to November, focusing on skills for specific jobs that are needed in industrial fields.

The Ministry of Labor and research institutes conducted a series of studies, which has pointed out that the productivity of foreign workers is relatively lower than that of Korean counterparts while they work the similar hours.

The number of foreign employees reaches nearly 160,000. Taking into account lifestyle and culture of their home countries, the training is divided into basic and professional courses in 67 training centers with expertise and field experience. The curriculum of the basic training course, which is designed for workers in manufacturing, construction, farming and fishery industries will focus on practical vocational skills and safety management. The professional training course will include programs aimed at enhancing trainees’ professional skills such as fixing computers or cars and welding.

The training is complimentary, so that foreign workers and employers do not need to pay for their courses.  Foreign workers can choose a training course of their need, apply to 67 training centers that are commissioned for the application process and receive vocational training for a scheduled period. Since most trainees are considered to be busy working during the weekdays, the course will stretch for 3 months to enable them to receive training for 4~6 hours at the weekends. At the moment, trainees are being recruited.

The vocational training for foreign workers are expected to kill two birds with one stone, through which enterprises can boost productivity and maintain employment conditions while foreign workers can be more satisfied with their job and enhance vocational capacity.

For more information, please call 02-3271-9443, the vocational training team in the Human Resources Development of Korea.




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