VAC mulls over vo­ca­tional cen­ter in the south to help re­tired sol­diers

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

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.

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