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Government to aid 300,000 job-seeking grads

The China Post news staff--Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) Minister Wang Ju-hsuan (王如玄) announced yesterday that she will hold meetings with heads of universities in Taiwan, in hopes of aiding 300,000 college graduates in their search for jobs.

After Wang's discussion with Education Minister Chiang Wei-ling, both have acknowledged the importance of gathering the 300,000 graduates' information and passing on useful employment-related information, Wang said.

According to statistics, the youth unemployment rate has worsened, resulting from the recent eurozone crisis. Besides the financial crisis, which has severely affected the global economy, the approaching graduation season will inevitably raise international unemployment rates to a new high, including in Taiwan, said Wang.

She explained that the CLA is prepared to implement a variety of new job policies if needed. Wang stated that about half of the 300,000 graduates, or roughly 150,000 people, enter the workforce every year after completing education. In an effort to bridge the gap between school-based and work-based experiences for students, Wang said she held conferences with school officials in Taoyuan and Hsinchu to adapt curricula for better job preparation. She added that later she would meet with other university officials from central and southern Taiwan.

Director-General of the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training (BEVT) Lin San-quei (林三貴) pointed out that this would be a first for the BEVT. He said the BEVT will have regional training centers touch base with different schools to fully facilitate the graduates in their search for jobs. As of press time yesterday, he said the BEVT has already organized 50 to 60 out of 100 university's graduate students.

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