Seoul City will invite and offer vocational training to more than 60 adolescents from eight overseas cities, including Ulan Bator, Khartoum and Beijing, this year.
Since 2001, Seoul City has been conducting an annual vocational training program free of charge for young people invited from cities with which Seoul maintains sisterhood and friendship relationships. A combined total of 435 adolescents from 13 countries benefited from the program up until last year. Under the training program, Seoul City has been strengthening international cooperation and disseminating information on Korea’s advanced industrial technology to the international community, while elevating the image and international stature of Seoul as well as Korea.
In phase one, 39 adolescents from three countries who have been selected by Seoul’s sister and friendship cities will arrive in Korea between March 14~16, while 21 others from five countries will arrive between late March and early April.
Upon their arrival, the trainees will receive orientation sessions and a medical checkup, and then undergo a skills training course lasting about 10 months. Upon completing the training, they will acquire one of Korea’s vocational skills licenses.
Apart from the vocational training, the trainees will be taken on two tours of city administration sites, and make a courtesy call on Seoul’s Mayor. They will also go on study tours of major industrial complexes in Korea, including POSCO and Hyundai Motor, to enhance their experience and understanding of Korea’s advanced industries.
Going forward, Seoul City plans to provide adolescents from sister and friendship cities, expatriates based in Seoul, and its own citizens with opportunities for a new life, and to constantly manage the related programs to ensure that they forge touching memories of a “Charming Seoul.”