Taichung ‘Employment Reward Program’ secures employment for more than 500 youths

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Young people are getting to know more about the ‘Youth Stable Employment Reward Program’ during a career fair. (Courtesy of Taichung City Government Information Bureau)
Young people are getting to know more about the ‘Youth Stable Employment Reward Program’ during a career fair. (Courtesy of Taichung City Government Information Bureau)

Taichung, the second-largest city in Taiwan, has the second-largest youth population out of the six major municipalities.

To improve job stability and lower job-hopping among the younger generation, the city government has launched the “Youth Stable Employment Reward Program” (就業金安薪), an employment subsidy program that provides incentives for the youths to prolong their stay in a position or job.

The program has now assisted more than 500 in finding job stability while facilitating employment retention and helping local businesses in securing their workforce.

According to the Ministry of the Interior (MOI), Taiwan’s unemployment rate last year averaged 3.7 percent. However, the unemployment rate for youth aged 15-29 was 8.47 percent – 2.3 percent above the average rate.

The program, which started this year, will provide a wide range of employment subsidies and incentives that financially encourages and supports young people during the adaptation stage of a new job.

Taichung city government hopes to improve employment rate by both lowering job-hopping among the young and increasing employee retention. (Courtesy of Taichung City Government Information Bureau)
Taichung city government hopes to improve employment rate by both lowering job-hopping among the young and increasing employee retention. (Courtesy of Taichung City Government Information Bureau)

The director general of Taichung city government’s Labour Affairs Bureau, Wu Wei-Chih (吳威志), said that the program has also been offering financial ‘reward’ of up to NT$22,000 for employees who have worked in the same business for six consecutive months.

The Labor Affairs Bureau of Taichung City established a Youth Affairs Section (青年事務股) in July, a support system that provides a variety of services to assist younger citizens with career planning.

These services include career consultation and counseling, as well as programs offering firsthand experience in the workplace (“Dream Come True Program”) and summer internships (College Student Summer Internship Program).

Moreover, together with the Economic Development Bureau of Taichung City Government, the Taiwan Ministry of Labor and the Department of Economic Development’s startup assistance resources, Taichung’s Labor Affairs Bureau offers to assist youngsters in starting a business.

Director of the Taichung City Employment Service Center, Fu Jing-Ru (傅晶如), explained that the city government understands the importance of investing in the younger generation’s future, and hopes that besides education, resources can also be provided for support systems with helping them kick-start a career path.

Therefore, the Employment Service Center’s Career Planning program offers services such as Occupational Adaptation, Resume Design, Career Navigation, Career Psychological Consultation and the issuing of career working cards, to just name a few.

— 臺中市政府新聞局廣告 | An advertorial from the Taichung City Government Information Bureau

For more information, visit the Taichung City Employment Service Center website (www.eso.Taichung.gov.tw), or contact via 04-22289111 #36102.