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Seasoned workers to pass on skills in China talent drive


09:00, November 04, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- The government plans to mobilize senior skilled workers to launch training workshops for newcomers in an effort to relieve the country's dire need for high-level talent, according to government authorities.

Highly skilled workers in the service and manufacturing industries will be given preferential treatment in the selection of workshop mentors, who will be responsible for holding training, research and exchange programs for their successors, according to a plan jointly issued Thursday by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the Ministry of Finance.

By 2020, the country will create about 1,000 workshops in multiple companies and government organizations where seasoned workers and technicians can pass on their skills, according to the "National Plan for Reviving High-level Talent."

"The workshop project, which aims to cover all major industries in the country, will play a significant role in training apprentices, researching key technical issues and passing on craftsmanship and skills," the plan said.

In addition, the government has set a goal to establish 1,200 "talent incubators" in major cities and train 1 million technicians in major and emerging industries by 2020 with the help of companies and vocational schools.

In August, the central government set a goal of attracting at least 500,000 overseas Chinese scholars from 2011 to 2015 to assist in the country's development.

Scientists, team leaders and other talented individuals who can "achieve technological breakthroughs and boost the country's high-tech and emerging industries" are the country's main targets, according to a 2011-2015 blueprint on overseas Chinese talent released by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.

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