A quarter of those who completed the government’s Subsidised-Training Scheme have found a job, Taipa and Coloane Community Service Consultative Council Deputy Convener Lam Ka Chun has said, quoting Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) officials.
Lam was speaking after the council’s closed-door meeting with DSAL officials about the city’s labour market and the implementation of the government-sponsored training scheme at the Community Integrated Building in Coloane’s Seac Pai Van public housing estate. Precise numbers were not divulged.
According to the bureau, the Subsidised-Training Scheme comprises the government’s Technical Skills Development Subsidy Training Programme, which aims to enhance the technical skills of the working population, and the Employability Subsidy Training Programme, which aims to help the jobless enter the job market.
Lam quoted the committee members’ concern about the government’s new “work trial allowance scheme” for the unemployed, which will allow participants to “learn while they work” and be paid by the government.
Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng spoke about the “work trial allowance scheme” during a Q&A plenary session in the Legislative Assembly yesterday, saying that the current Employability Subsidy Training Programme could not help all participants match jobs once they finished the course, so consideration would be given to converting the associated costs of the programme into allowances for on-the-job-training.
Lam quoted the DSAL officials as saying that the bureau will review the subsidised-training scheme with the aim of optimising the scheme by expanding participants’ eligibility, relaxing the requirements for course completion and covering more target participants.
Taipa and Coloane Community Service Consultative Council member Leong Chon Kit said at yesterday’s meeting that the government should consider subsidising large companies or industry associations to organise in-house training programmes to help young practitioners develop the knowledge and skills required in the workplace, thereby creating incentives for enterprises to employ trainees, The Macau Post Daily reported.