HCM CITY (VNS)— The municipal administration will help members of ethnic minorities, families who had made contributions to the revolution, and eligible poor to work abroad, mostly in Japan and Malaysia.
Under the city's VND3.3 billion ($145,000) programme, these people will be provided with free vocational training and instruction in foreign languages.
According to the city's Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the city will also continue to operate a programme that offers soft loans of up to VND100 million (US$4,700) to poor individuals.
The loans are sourced from the Fund for the Poor, the Social Policy Bank, and the Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development.
The department has assigned the Overseas Manpower Service Company (Suleco) to implement the new programme through the end of the year.
Tran Hieu Liem, deputy head of the department's Labour, Wage and Salary Division, said that about 600 labourers would be sent overseas by the end of the year.
Many workers are reluctant to work abroad because of limited education, unfamiliarity with the working style in factories, and the fear of living far away from home, according to Nguyen Thanh Hiep, head of the department's Vocational Training Division. —VNS