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Session on:

Skills, Training and Employability

Issues to discuss

1   Investment in education and training 

a. critical need for a greater overall investment in education and training in China for all people (including women and groups with special needs, such as people with disabilities).


b. education and training investments to be more closely linked to economic and employment growth strategies. Responsibility to be shared between the government (primary responsibility), enterprises, the social partners, and the individuals.


c. great need for increased private sector investment and new, innovative methods of financing training

2    Developing core work skills

(this topic to be modified by MOLSS waiting for comments) 

  • urgent need to move beyond traditional occupational skills. Development of "core work skills" (such as communication, problem solving, working in teams etc.) is an important part of the reform to prepare individuals for the knowledge-based society.

  Reforming the vocational education and training system

  • make lifelong learning for all a reality, through major reform of its vocational and education and training systems, including the opening up of training delivery to private sector providers

  • training systems to become more flexible and responsive to rapidly changing skill requirements

  • develop innovative approaches to train and retrain laid-off workers from SOEs e.g. by using distance learning and training.

  • attention to skills of migrant rural workers and seek to increase access to high-quality training

4   Mobility of skilled workers

(this topic to be modified by MOLSS waiting for comments)

  • critical to recognize peoples skills as part of a national qualifications framework, irrespective of where the skills were obtained.


5   Social dialogue on training


  • involve the social partners more closely in discussions on training policy and skills development, if the desired reforms and increased investment are to become a reality.


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Updated by TF.  Approved by PA.  Last updated: 4 April 2003