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UPDATED: 10:26, August 20, 2004
Nine careers added to job list
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Job hunters struggling in China's overcrowded job market can feel encouraged by a list of nine new occupations that have been written into the national occupation list, according to Friday's China Daily.

Image design, lock repair and gas filling have been cited as new jobs by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

Other new occupations are jewelry design and processing, beef rating and calling services.

Eight other new occupations, which are still being checked for feasibility, are expected to be declared soon. They include job information analysis, credibility management, website editing and business design.

Zhang Xiaojian, vice-minister of the ministry, said the new occupations had come about because of the process of social and economic development.

"The occupations are created by social and economic development and are new opportunities for job hunters," said Zhang.

He said a publicity campaign should be launched to make sure the jobless were aware of the job potentials.

The ministry will publish occupational standards for the new occupations and organize professionals to write training material about the nine jobs.

Chen Yu, a senior official in charge of occupational training, said China should revamp all its vocational training resources in a market-oriented direction.

"These new jobs will help tackle the country's grave employment situation," said Chen.

Chen said efforts should focus on vocational ethics and skill training.

Schools traditionally tend to offer students certificates as proof they have finished their training and turn a blind eye to whether they have improved their work skills.

In China, a severe lack of skilled workers is affecting productivity in factories and graduates from vocational schools are suffering few job prospects.

"This shows that the existing vocational training does not match post requirements," said Chen.

He said vocational schools and organizations should prioritize market's needs.

(China Daily)

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