VAC mulls over vocational center in the south to help retired soldiers
The Cabinet-level Veterans Affairs Council (VAC, ) yesterday said it is considering opening a vocational training center in Southern Taiwan to better assist retired soldiers in entering the civilian workplace.
During his briefing during an interpellation session in the Legislature, VAC Minister Tung Hsianglung ( ) said his council has asked local universities to conduct a feasibility study for the VAC in opening a vocational training center in Southern Taiwan.
The study is expected to be completed and released on November, he noted.
If the released study shows that such a facility is necessary, the VAC will officially launch the project next year, Tung said.
Tung noted that as the nation is moving toward the abolishment of the conscription system and migrating into an all-voluntary force in 2017, there will be an increasing need for the VAC to come up with concrete plans to help retired voluntary military personnel to enter the workplace or return to school.
According to VAC figures, a total of 8,000 veterans are now working in agricultural businesses around the country. The VAC is arranging to introduce more retired soldiers to work at VACrun farms around the island in the future.
Tung added that the VAC has been launching a series of measures to help veterans make successful transitions from military service to the civilian world of work.
The VAC has paid visits to many local businesses and has agreed to work with many of them to encourage these businesses to hire eligible unemployed veterans.
So far the VAC has worked with the Lion Travel Service Co. Ltd. ( ), one of the nation’s leading travel agencies, and President Chain Store Corporation ( ), the largest convenience store chain, and other companies, in training 23 retired military personnel during workshops.
Twenty-two of them have successfully being recruited to join these private businesses, he noted.