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Foreign graduates of vocational schools eligible for work program

Foreign graduates of vocational schools eligible for work program

Taipei, June 11 (CNA) Taiwan is planning to further open up its special employment program for foreign students by including graduates of vocational schools and two-year colleges. Since last July when Taiwan introduced the points system for foreign graduates of local schools, 852 applications have been received and 693 had been approved as of the end of May, Steven Shyh-kwei Chen (???), head of the country's Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC), reported at a Cabinet meeting Thursday. Under the program, applicants are awarded points in eight sectors, including Chinese-language ability, educational level and special skills. Last year, 2,000 places were set aside under the program that makes it easier for foreign students to work in Taiwan after completing their education, since it forgoes the previous requirements of at least two years' work experience and a job offer with a minimum monthly salary of NT$47,000 (US$1,520). In cases where foreign graduates of Taiwan schools obtain an employment offer that carries a monthly salary of at least NT$47,000 per month, the points system and quota do not apply. Noting that the 852 applications received last year were well short of the quota of 2,000 places, Chen said the program can be expanded to include foreign graduates of local vocational schools and two-year colleges, who will help relieve the shortage of skilled labor in the country's manufacturing sector. He said many of the foreign students in Taiwan are children of Taiwanese businesspeople in Southeast Asia and will benefit from the work experience in Taiwan when they return to their residing countries to run their own businesses. The OCAC hopes to encourage more young people from Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines to come to Taiwan for vocational training and to stay after graduation, Chen said. Taiwan's points and quota-based mechanism is similar to the work-visa systems adopted by some European countries and in North America. (By Hsieh chia-chen and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-17 16:03 GMT+08:00