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  • Young Foreign Vocational Trainees Attracted by Korea’s Charms

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    The Seoul Metropolitan Government offered sixty adolescents – who are staying in Korea to participate in vocational training for youth from foreign sisterhood cities – a four-day study tour of industrial facilities and a series of cultural experiences from July 18 to 21.

    Group photo at POSCO , Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju

    The foreign youngsters are learning advanced industrial technologies at the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s vocational training institutes. To gain firsthand experience of the trends of Korea’s dynamic economic development, they visited POSCO and Hyundai Motor Company, toured industrial complexes, and learned about the dynamic history of Korea’s industrial development.

    Cheonmachong Tomb in Gyeongju, Aquarium in Busan

    Additionally, the trainees visited Bulguksa Temple and the Cheonmachong Tomb (Tomb of the Heavenly Horse) of the ancient Silla kingdom in Gyeongju, Haeundae in Busan, one of Korea’s eight top attractions, and Jejudo Island, a candidate for the seven new Wonders of the World, giving them an opportunity to appreciate the genuine beauty of Korea. Trainees hailing from Bhutan and Mongolia, both inland countries, said they saw the ocean and went to beach for the first time in their life.

     Chenjiyeon Falls in Jejudo Island, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak in Jejudo Island

    The sixty adolescents were selected as participants of the “vocational training program for youth from foreign sisterhood and friendship cities” provided by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. They are currently undergoing training at the Seoul Vocational Training Institute and the Seoul Elim Vocational Training Institute, and will return to their respective home countries upon completing the training programs in December.

    Over the past four years the employment rate for trainees who have completed the training and returned to their countries amounts to 80 percent (70 percent of trainees land jobs in the fields of training and other related fields), while 15 percent of them have gone on to colleges and graduate schools. As such, training experience at the Seoul vocational institutions is said to be not only helping them land jobs but also providing them with new motivation for success.

    Introducing in details stories of foreign adolescents from their industrial study tours, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said the participants of the industrial training program will serve as civilian diplomats in the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s urban diplomacy.