HCM CITY (VNS)— More than 800 residents with disabilities have found jobs so far this year thanks to the HCM City Support Centre for Vocational Training and Job Promotion for Disabled People.
|A teacher tells a disabled student how to sew in a class at the HCM City-based Support Centre for Vocational Training and Job Promotion for Disabled People. — VNA/VNS Photo Trang Duong
Furthermore, the centre has provided training in tailoring, motorbike repairs, make-up and other areas for nearly 800 other people with disabilties.
The centre is also co-operating with authorities in wards and villages to help more people access its training courses.
According to a report prepared by the centre, HCM City now has about 15,000 working-age people with disabilities, accounting for one per cent of the population. Nearly 40 per cent of these have jobs, but only 25 per cent have permanent ones.
"Finding jobs for people with disabilities in HCM City is still a tough task," said Nguyen Thi Nhung, the centre's deputy director.
Typically they have less education and their disabilities make it difficult for them to obtain vocational training in several areas, according to Nhung.
It is also difficult for them to thrive in working environments that emphasize productivity.
Many businesses like Dien Quang Fluorescent Lamp Co., 27-7 Company and Anh Sang Electronics and several handicraft makers are ready to employ workers with disabilities, the report noted.
However, there is limited policy support for businesses that employ workers with disabilites, it added. "The city should offer preferential tax policies to businesses that employ people with disabilities," said Le Thi Cam, an official of the 27-7 Company in Binh Tan District.
A recent survey by the city's Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Department found that many people with disabilities are reluctant to work at firms having offices in high-rise buildings or in factories in suburban areas.
It said that with average salaries of between VND2.5 million (US$119) and VND3 million ($142.8) a month, most workers with disabilities lead a difficult life. — VNS