Guide­line tar­gets IT train­ing gap

Guide­line aims to ad­dress train­ing gap in IT in­dus­try

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - Cheng Yu con­trib­uted to this story. By FAN FEIFEI fan­feifei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The launch of a guide­line, that fo­cuses on train­ing and tal­ent de­vel­op­ment in the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try, serves as an im­por­tant mea­sure to en­hance China’s man­u­fac­tur­ing prow­ess, mark­ing a stage for the full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Made in China 2025 strat­egy.

The guide­line has been re­leased by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, the Min­istry of Hu­man Re­sources and So­cial Se­cu­rity and the Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy.

The guide­line aims to fur­ther im­prove skills in the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try and re­al­ize the strate­gic ob­jec­tive of build­ing China into a man­u­fac­tur­ing power.

The Made in China 2025 was first put for­ward by Premier Li Ke­qiang in his Gov­ern­ment Work Re­port in 2015.

There is a short­age of tal­ent in the coun­try’s man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try. Tal­ent gaps in the in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try are es­ti­mated to reach 7.5 mil­lion by 2020, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment.

Seven im­por­tant tasks were listed in the guide­line, such as speed­ing up the in­te­gra­tion of in­dus­try with ed­u­ca­tion, pro­mot­ing key abil­i­ties and qual­i­ties that are adap­tive to ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try, and es­tab­lish­ing a high-level man­age­ment skills pool.

Wang Jip­ing, a se­nior of­fi­cial of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s vo­ca­tional depart­ment, said: “Struc­tural sur­plus and a short­age of tal­ent in the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try co­ex­ist and ed­u­ca­tion doesn’t sat­isfy cor­po­rate needs.”

Man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try em­ploy­ees, es­pe­cially skilled work­ers, have a rel­a­tively low sta­tus and salary, hin­der­ing their ca­reer de­vel­op­ment, Wang added.

“Higher vo­ca­tional tech­nol­ogy colleges should im­prove cur­ricu­lum de­signs and cul­ti­vate high-end tech­ni­cal tal­ent to up­grade China’s man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try and meet the de­mands of in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing en­ter­prises,” said Dai Yuwai, pres­i­dent of Tian­jin Light In­dus­try Vo­ca­tional Tech­ni­cal Col­lege.

“Colleges are en­cour­aged to carry out skill de­vel­op­ment projects by work­ing with man­u­fac­tur­ing en­ter­prises,” said Dai, sug­gest­ing that the cur­rent three-year higher vo­ca­tional school ed­u­ca­tion should be ex­tended to four years.

“The higher vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion should adapt to the de­mands of so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. Man­u­fac­tur­ing en­ter­prises should strengthen their vo­ca­tional tech­ni­cal train­ing for em­ploy­ees,” said Liu Hong, a re­searcher from the Cen­tral In­sti­tute for Vo­ca­tional and Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the guide­line, em­ploy­ees in the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor are ex­pected to re­ceive ed­u­ca­tion for at least 11 years on av­er­age and 22 per­cent of them will fin­ish higher ed­u­ca­tion by 2020

Struc­tural sur­plus and a short­age of tal­ent in the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try co­ex­ist.” Wang Jip­ing, an of­fi­cial at the vo­ca­tional depart­ment of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion

SI WEI / FOR CHINA DAILY

A skilled worker op­er­ates a weld­ing ro­bot at an el­e­va­tor-man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany in Lianyun­gang, Jiangsu prov­ince.

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