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More money pledged to aid the unemployed

Update: December, 14/2012 - 10:06

HA NOI (VNS)— Thousands of unemployed people across the country are going to receive more financial assistance to attend training courses in order to improve their chances of finding work.

The move is part of an amended decree that replaces the current unemployment benefit of VND300,000 (US$14) per month in a bid to help people become self-reliant.

Vu Trung Chinh, director of the Ha Noi Employment Introduction Centre, said that changes to the decree were necessary to help people find jobs.

Specific levels of financial assistance for different types of training courses over the course of six months would be various and changeable, and decided by the Ministry of Finance, he said.

The benefits of this move would far eclipse simply handing over VND300,000 ($14) each month, he said.

More than 800,000 people in Viet Nam receive unemployment benefits, but only 4,000 have registered for assistance to go on training courses, so more of a financial incentive is needed to attract people to the scheme.

Tran Hai Nam has been unemployed for eight months and wants to learn how to repair motorbikes so he can get a permanent job at a workshop in Ha Noi. However, to do that would cost more than VND5 million ($238) and he is in need of financial support.

He said he hoped that the process would be quicker than the existing system.

Chinh explained that procedures to claim these benefits would be shortened to 15 days from the current one to two months.

The unemployed would also receive advice about reputable training centres, he said.

However, Chinh and some experts expressed their concerns about some of the shortcomings they had discovered during the implementation of the policy.

He said workers from enterprises with under 10 employees were the most vulnerable, but they were not included in the policy and would not receive any support if they lost their jobs.

Many employers refused to pay insurance or stole their employees' contributions. However, there was still no effective punishment methods for them, he said. — VNS

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