Feb. 7, 2017
On February 7th (Tue.) Employment and Labor Minister Lee Ki-kweon visited Korea Fire Protection UBIS* where he had a meeting with its learning workers receiving training under the Work-Study Dual System and gave encouragement to them.
* Korea Fire Protection UBIS is a company with 146 employees in Seongdong-gu, Seoul, which is engaged in designing fire protection systems and supervising their construction.
The event was arranged to listen to the vivid voices of learning workers and trainers of a company leading the way in realizing a competency-oriented society by participating in the Work-Study Dual System.
The Work-Study Dual System is a new field-oriented education and training system through which companies hire young people, etc., and provide them with on-the-job training that complements theoretical education in schools and joint training centers, thereby raising their skill levels while at the same time helping them acquire qualifications.
The government's constant efforts so far to spread the system are producing visible results. At present 9,007 companies are participating in the system and 36,426 learning workers hired by those companies are receiving training.
Moreover, the level of satisfaction with the system among workplaces is high because it enables companies to save on their retraining costs and to boost their competitiveness by securing a quality skilled workforce early on and allows learning workers hired by those companies to receive training tailored to workplace needs.
Korea Fire Protection UBIS Co., Ltd., visited by the Minister is a company that specializes in designing fire protection systems and supervising their construction. It raises its value by fostering talent and is leading the fire protection industry in Korea.
The company provides a high-quality on-the-job training program (fire protection system design and construction supervision Lv 4) making use of NCS in the field of fire protection. In November 2016 it produced its first batch of learning workers who had completed such training. The company is now training its second batch of trainees.
Korea Fire Protection UBIS's CEO Choi Jin said, "Our company used to be weighed down by the heavy burden of retraining new employees. However, by participating in the Work-Study Dual System through which we hire employees first and then provide them with training tailored to our needs, we could not only improve employees' adaptability at work but also reduce lead time for work and even increase employee satisfaction."
Lee Jung-hoon, a learning worker currently in training, expressed his impressions, saying, "I was able to adapt quickly to my job because I received training directly from a senior employee in the company with regard to the theory I had learned at school."
Cho Seong-pil, who completed training last November, suggested, "I would like a law on work-based learning to be enacted, thereby opening the way for learning workers to obtain qualifications based on what they have learned and attained through training."
Last June the government submitted a 'bill on support for work-based learning at industrial sites' (work-based learning bill) to the National Assembly with a view to establishing a legal basis for the Work-Study Dual System, a key policy tool for realizing a competency-oriented society.
The main features of the bill include controlling the quality of apprenticeship-style on-the-job training at the national level and guaranteeing learning workers decent working conditions and the right to learn.
The bill would also grant work-based learning qualifications (national qualifications) to learning workers who have completed a training course reflecting the skills needed in the workplace so that their job skills can gain currency across the labor market.
Minister Lee emphasized, "The Work-Study Dual System is an ideal system that can address the problem of companies wasting time and money retraining new employees due to education and training far removed from workplace realities and develop young talent into a quality workforce tailored to the needs of companies."
He went on to say, "Its success is not possible without companies' active will. In that sense, it is absolutely necessary for excellent firms, like Korea Fire Protection UBIS, which have the will to develop human resources, to participate in it."
He also said, "To ensure further development and growth of the Work-Study Dual System, the government will provide active support for participating companies and their learning workers this year, too and do its best to get the work-based learning bill through the National Assembly so that learning workers can get their qualifications recognized based on their training results."