Brazil to enhance job training for low-income citizens

10:07, June 08, 2010      

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Brazil plans to step up job training for those receiving minimum income from the government, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Monday.

In his weekly radio show, Lula told the nation an initiative to that end is the "Next Step" program, which will train beneficiaries of Bolsa Familia program to work for civil construction projects.

About 13 million families receive a monthly aid of 200 reais (about 108 U.S. dollars) on average under Bolsa Familia, the leading Brazilian social assistance program.

"If we train all these people in the coming months, I think we will be taking an extraordinary step forward," said the president.

He said major Brazilian cities need about 150,000 new construction workers, which will be a job opportunity for participants of the "Next Step" program.

Last week, Lula attended the graduation ceremony for the first 1,200 students who were trained through the "Next Step" program and will work for construction projects such as the Program to Accelerate Growth (PAC) and the "My house, My life" housing plan.



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