By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Minister of Labor Chen Hsiung-wen pointed out that the government has allocated NT$20
billion (US$667 million) in fund to be used on vocational training, reports said Wednesday.
According to the ministry, the fund will be infused to promote career development for both employed and unemployed workers, including on-course programs for the nation’s youth.
“We expect over 1,000 applicants to join our training program,” Chen said, adding that there is an estimated more than 700 employees currently on no-pay leave.
Chen’s comments came during Legislative Yuan’s Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee hearing on Wednesday, in which he responded to critics involving the ministry’s initiative to tackle the tricky issue of no-pay leave. [FULL STORY]