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MOEL selects 2,804 vocational training courses for job seekers to be supported in second half of 2017

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Jun. 28, 2017


The Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) has selected 2,804 vocational training courses to be supported in the second half of this year with a view to enhancing the employability of job seekers, including young people.


Among the training courses selected as a result of the 2017 second-half integrated review of vocational training courses are 789 courses in national key or strategic industries and 2,015 courses under the individual training account system (i.e. learning card system).


Besides, there are 6,853 training courses for incumbent workers - 5,327 vocational skills development training courses for workers and 1,526 training courses entrusted by employers.


This time MOEL focused on selecting training courses related to occupations in new industries or occupations preferred by young people to reflect the labor market conditions, such as the growing need to adapt to changes in the industrial structure and the high youth unemployment rate.


And in response to the extension of the shipbuilding industry's designation for special employment support, MOEL expanded training courses needed to support workers in relevant local areas.


MOEL also focused on removing training blind spots for residents in small and medium-sized cities by further selecting training courses in regions* marginalized from training.


* South Chungcheong Province, North Gyeongsang Province, North Jeolla Province, Gangwon, South Gyeongsang Province, South Jeolla Province, North Chungcheong Province and Jeju


Moreover, an improvement in the quality of training courses is expected because training courses offered by outstanding training institutions and training courses related to high-performance occupations make up a large share of the courses selected this time.


<Selection priority was given to training courses in new industries.>


After hearing the opinions of experts in newly emerging occupations, MOEL selected 240 training courses related to occupations in nine new industries, including 3D printing, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and solar energy, which are in the limelight with the advent of the fourth industrial revolution.


* MOEL also selected 50 training courses for incumbent workers in those industries (33 training courses under the individual training account system and 17 employer-entrusted training courses).


This will allow job seekers not only to promptly prepare themselves for rapid changes in the industrial environment, but also to choose from a variety of training courses related to occupations expected to generate many jobs. 


<Training courses related to occupations popular among young people were expanded.>


Training courses related to occupations for which young people show a strong preference according to a youth training demand survey*, such as marketing, culture and art management, cultural content production and video production, were expanded to actively reflect the demands of young people and thereby increase their training participation rate.


* a survey of participants in the Employment Success Package Program, a landline phone survey and interviews with Employment Success Package Program counselors
Furthermore, HRD-Net, a vocational skills and knowledge portal, provides information on high-quality training courses* to help young people find suitable training courses more easily.


* training courses with a youth participation rate of at least 70% and an employment rate of at least 50%


<The focus was placed on expanding training in local areas where shipbuilding companies are concentrated and on removing training blind spots.>


In response to the extension of the shipbuilding industry's designation for special employment support, MOEL additionally selected 105 training courses for job seekers in local areas with a high concentration of shipbuilding firms, such as Ulsan, Mokpo and Tongyeong, thereby strengthening support for workers in great need of reemployment. 


MOEL also focused on removing training blind spots by further selecting 364 training courses in marginalized areas* which lack training courses compared with the capital region.


* If a city or county has no occupation-specific training course, it is chosen as an area marginalized from training (excluding special or metropolitan cities).
Meanwhile, the number of training courses increased among four of the top five occupations (machine processing, law, machine assembly and management, medical services and information technology) in terms of employment outcomes. This suggests that training courses were selected mainly in occupational areas with a relatively high employment rate.
MOEL will manage the performance of training institutions more tightly by expanding the supply of training courses, especially high-performance training courses offered by outstanding training institutions, and giving various incentives* to outstanding training institutions. 


* The incentives will include preferentially recommending outstanding training institutions' training courses during training counseling, exempting outstanding training institutions from the limit on the number of training rounds applicable to training courses in national key or strategic industries and imposing a validity period of up to five years on their training courses.


Moon Ki-seop, Deputy Minister for Employment Policy, said, "Vocational training is an integral part of active labor market policies, and supplying appropriate training courses promptly in response to labor market changes is more important than anything else."
He stressed, "In particular, robots and artificial intelligence are rapidly changing the employment environment. In the face of this situation, we will focus on cultivating a workforce that can change and grow with technology."


Job seekers who want to participate in any of the selected vocational training courses can receive detailed counseling at the nearest Job Center or via the call center (☎1350).
They can also search for the training courses they need through the vocational skills and knowledge portal (

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