A program offering vocational training for migrant workers was launched in Taipei on Sunday, with the aim of helping foreign workers prepare for life after they return to their home nations.
About 30 Indonesian migrant workers attended a baking course, while 15 others attended an e-commerce course at Kainan High School of Commerce and Industry on the first day of the program.
The Global Workers’ Upskill Center program, launched by the Global Workers’ Organization, Taiwan, is offering 10-week courses, which are held on Sundays, and awards a certificate upon completion of the training.
The classes are only being offered to Indonesian workers, but there are plans to also make them available to Philippine and Vietnamese workers, especially those who are due to soon return to their home nation.
Global Workers’ Organization, Taiwan head Karen Hsu (徐瑞希) said the initiative was motivated by a desire to help female foreign caregivers expand their skill set and improve their opportunities in life, but that it is also open to male workers.
Many female foreign caregivers have never had the opportunity to receive formal training and are forced to leave their families behind so they can earn money overseas, Hsu said.
“If we give them some training during their stay in Taiwan, they might be able to find employment when they return to their home nation,” said Hsu, whose organization provides foreign workers with information and services related to work, education and living.
Those who complete the training could also start a business or partner with Taiwanese businesses in Indonesia, Vietnam or the Philippines, Hsu said.
“It would be a pity if these migrant workers, with their abundant experience of Taiwan and their Mandarin-speaking ability, have to go back to their own nations without any job prospects after working three to four years in Taiwan,” she said.
Tari Sutarni, a 39-year-old Indonesian caregiver who has worked in Taiwan for more than nine years, was among the workers who enrolled in the baking class on Sunday.
She said she plans to help out in her family’s corn fields when she returns to her hometown in Indonesia next year.
With baking and pastry skills, she said, she would be able to make and sell cakes in her spare time.
Dwi Tantri, an Indonesian caregiver who has worked in Taiwan for seven years, said the skills learned in the training program could be put to good use in Indonesia.
“We can learn many things here,” Tantri said.
“We can open a bakery after returning to Indonesia, or share Taiwanese delicacies with our friends. I am very thankful for this class. It is very helpful,” said the 49-year-old, who plans to return to Indonesia next year.
However, not all the migrant workers who wanted to attend the classes were able to do so.
Farid, a promoter of the Indonesian government’s Exit Program in Taiwan, said that some employers would not allow their workers to attend.
He called on Taiwanese employers to learn more about the program and allow their workers to take part. These workers could become “bridges to Taiwan” after they return to Indonesia, he said.
The Indonesian government has been promoting “exit programs,” or professional training programs, to help returning migrant workers make the transition to skilled jobs.
Hsu said her organization is planning to offer more courses, including online programs, and to extend the training to Taichung and Taoyuan.
She urged Taiwanese businesses interested in tapping the Southeast Asian market to contact her organization to discuss opportunities and to cooperate on training programs.
White-label cellphones manufactured in a Chinese factory are believed to contain Trojan software that enables fraudsters to set up mobile game accounts using the owners’ phone numbers, police said on Saturday, with nearly 100 older people affected so far. After receiving a number of complaints from local branches over the past few months, the National Police Agency launched an investigation into the mobile game points-for-cash scam. The fraudsters would pose as women online to persuade people to buy game point cards at supermarkets and load the points into accounts created with the cellphone users’ phone numbers before requesting cash refunds from the
‘UNAFRAID’: Most Taiwanese do not seem to be aware of the danger of war and might be unprepared, a KMT legislator said of the poll by an affiliated foundation Nearly 60 percent of Taiwanese believe that a war between Taiwan and China is “unlikely” or “impossible,” a survey released yesterday by the National Policy Foundation showed. The survey asked participants if they thought there was a possibility of war between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait based on recent developments, said the foundation, which is affiliated with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). While 42.5 percent of respondents thought it was “unlikely” and 17.1 percent believed it was “impossible,” 5.1 percent said it was “very likely” and 17.2 percent said it was “fairly possible,” the survey showed. Another 18.2 percent gave
The Taipei District Court yesterday ordered three more suspects in a feces attack on a Taipei restaurant to be held incommunicado over concerns that they might tamper with evidence, flee or renew their alleged attacks. The three suspects — two brothers surnamed Lee (李) and another man identified as Chiang (江) — were arrested on charges of vandalism, public insult, extortion and injury after the court held a detention hearing earlier in the day, court spokesperson Huang Pei-chen (黃珮禎) said. The court in a statement said that the three men said they had no rancor against anyone in the restaurant and that
DISCUSSION: The KMT chairman said that Retrocession Day is an important ROC holiday and its celebration had nothing to do with a struggle within the party The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) hopes to highlight the “important connection” between the Republic of China (ROC) and Taiwan with its celebration of Retrocession Day on Sunday, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said yesterday. In response to media queries in Taichung, Chiang said that Retrocession Day is an important ROC holiday, and that its celebration had nothing to do with a struggle within the KMT over its party line. The KMT values ROC holidays, such as Double Ten National Day and Retrocession Day, he said, adding that since the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) came to power, observation of the holidays has “weakened.” The