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China / More than 95 percent of graduates from polytechnics or vocational schools have a job

The employment rate for graduates from polytechnics or vocational schools is more than 95 percent, higher than that for their college counterparts, according to a report by the Ministry of Education on middle-level vocational education.

The message is such schools provide the right people with the right skills for enterprises and they meet the needs of the country’s industrial development.

That more than 6 million graduates from such schools have entered manufacturing enterprises from 2007 to 2011 speaks volumes for how important a source of labor they are for the country’s manufacturing industry. From 2006 to 2011, more than 30 million graduates joined the total workforce.

What is noteworthy is the fact that more than 84 percent of vocational school students are from rural families and 70 percent from the underdeveloped western regions.

Without such schools, more than 20 million young rural villagers would probably have joined the ranks of migrant workers.

The expansion and extension of this kind of middle-level education has not only provided the country’s industries, manufacturing in particular, with a stable source of skilled workers, it has also made it possible for young villagers to avoid the footsteps of their parents of either farming in the fields or becoming migrant workers.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor 

China Daily via Quality vocational education |Editorials |

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