The Seoul Metropolitan Government has announced that it will carry out its ‘2012 Sister City Youth Vocational Training’ for a total of seventy young people from thirteen foreign cities through to December this year. The trainees will be schooled in eleven areas including building interiors, green (eco-friendly) car maintenance, and computer-assisted machinery.
The Sister City Youth Vocational Training program has been implemented since 2001 as part of Seoul City’s international project on information exchange. Free vocational training is offered to overseas youth invited to the city of Seoul from its sister cities, simultaneously enhancing the friendly relationship between them and boosting Seoul’s profile as a city that shares its advanced technology with the world.
This year the city has increased the number of trainees from sixty to seventy and the areas of training from eight to eleven. The trainees are required to have the following qualifications: proficiency in Korean; a score of more than 161 points in the Basic-KLPT (Korean Language Proficiency Test) or Grade 1 at TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) or KLPT. The City of Seoul helps the trainees obtain the necessary visas and offers them free accommodation and meals in dormitories. Training is mostly on-the-job training, with all instructions given in Korean.
From time to time the trainees undergo complementary training together with Korean trainees according to the curricula set for the latter to ensure the optimal training outcome.
Successful candidates receive an initial opportunity to adapt to Korea, after which they immediately begin their vocational training. They also have opportunities to learn about the culture and history of Seoul during three visits to the municipal government of Seoul, as well as a chance to visit industrial sites that are closely associated the economic growth of Korea.
(Photos) On-the-Job Training of Young People from Seoul’s Sister Cities and their Experiences of City Affairs and Korean Culture