Seoul City marked the 10th anniversary of the launch of a program designed to offer job training for young people from Asian nations, as part of the city’s efforts to raise its profile in Asia and provide educational opportunities for young people from its sister cities.
So far, 369 foreigners from 12 cities have completed the “Vocational Training Program for Young People in Foreign Sister Cities.” This year, another 69 foreign young people are undergoing the job training in Seoul. Also this year, among the 369 graduates, 21 foreign job trainees were invited by Seoul City to participate in another program to improve their job skills from April 12 to 23.
The 21 graduates, who received job training from 2005 to 2006, are undergoing up-to-date vocational education in their fields at the city-affiliated Elim Vocational Training School in Gunpo, where they were educated four years ago, and getting a chance to experience Korea’s development by touring municipal, industrial, and cultural sectors in the country.
On April 13, 14 and 17, the 21 graduates learned the latest technologies and trends in six fields: furniture, beauty, design, web design, auto repair, and cooking.
On April 15 and 16, they met the Seoul Vice Mayor I for Administrative Affairs and toured the city. From April 19, they toured plants of POSCO and Hyundai Motor as well as cultural sites in Gyeongju, Busan, and Jeju-do. The tour program in Seoul included Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Cheonggyecheon (Stream), Gwanghwamun Square, DMC, and Cheong Wa Dae Sarangbang.
“The ‘Vocational Training Program for Young People in Foreign Sister Cities’ is a sort of an international aid activity to let young people in sister cities find a new chance of life,” said an official at Seoul City in charge of the program. “In the wake of the 10th anniversary of the launch of the project, we invited graduates who have been successful in their own country and provide them education for the latest technologies. It would also increase Seoul’s brand awareness and bolster the nation’s international competitiveness.”