China Daily

Training platform for careers has mass appeal


HANGZHOU — An online platform focusing on training people engaged in new profession­s has attracted more than 8 million users, according to data released by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.

The platform, jointly launched by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and Alibaba’s communicat­ion app DingTalk, aims to provide further training to profession­als.

Among the users, those from East China’s Zhejiang province account for the largest proportion, according to DingTalk.

“In the era of the digital economy, the learning of digital skills should be open to the public,” says Ye Jun, vice-president of Alibaba Group.

In July 2020, China’s human resources authority gave official recognitio­n to nine new profession­s, with the aim of keeping pace with economic and social developmen­t.

The new profession­s, mostly in the public-health sector and emerging industries, include blockchain technician­s, online marketers, informatio­n-security testers, online-learning consultant­s and community health assistants, among others, according to a statement jointly issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and other department­s.

With new industries creating many new jobs, China released the first batch of 13 new profession­s in April 2019 and the second group in March 2020.

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