Wed, Oct 17, 2007 - Page 2 News List

BEVT, job banks to collaborate

By Angelica Oung  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training (BEVT) will be working with online job banks in order to match potential employees with training that would qualify them for the job they want.

The bureau provided almost 3,000 courses for those wishing to improve their employability and served 100,000 unemployed and 900,000 employed people last year. The courses range from language and computing to food preparation and sales.

The bureau is cooperating with 104 Job Bank, 1111 Job Bank and so that job listings link directly to courses that prepare an applicant for the positions.

"We have a lot of problems in this country with people who have no idea whether or not they are qualified for a particular position," Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training Director Chen I-min (陳益民) said.

Employers might have to sift through a lot of resumes from unqualified people while potential employees are frustrated with rejection after rejection, he said.

By linking the bureau's courses that could help a potential applicant qualify for a job, Chen hopes that more job seekers will be inspired to improve their skills.

"I grew up in the era where if you got a degree you were set for life," Chen said. "Now we live in a more unpredictable era where the needs of businesses change all the time and a degree -- even an advanced one -- might not matter that much in the marketplace."

Ryan Wu (吳睿穎), vice general manager of 1111 Job Bank, said that university graduates are generally ill-prepared for the job market.

"We don't have people who are trained for the jobs openings we have," he said.

"We need a lot of sales staff, but universities don't teach students how to sell," he said.

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