VINH PHUC — The Vinh Phuc People’s Committee has decided to support contract overseas workers from 2014-15.
Workers selected by a service company licensed by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to work overseas; those who have signed a labour contract to work overseas with a foreign company; and those going to work on a contract under South Korea’s Employment Permit System (EPS) programme are among the beneficiaries.
The beneficiaries are divided into two groups. The first includes family members of people who rendered services to the Government during the war, people from ethnic groups and members of poor households. They will be given a subsidy of VND1 million (nearly US$50) to attend a short-term vocational training course, another VND3 million ($140) to take foreign language lessons and VND530,000 for further studies. They will also be given financial support to apply for passports and visas, to obtain health certificates and to obtain a legal background check.
In addition, these workers are eligible to apply for a loan equivalent to the total costs of going to work overseas stated in their labour contracts, and will not be charged any interest for the loan during the first 12 months.
Those who do not fall into the first group will be given a subsidy of VND700,000 million to attend short-term vocational training courses, and another VND2.1 million (nearly $100) to take foreign language lessons. The province will also offer financial support to cover 70 per cent of the costs involved in the application for a passport and visa, health tests and legal profiles.
These workers are eligible to apply for a loan of up to 80 per cent of the total costs of going to work overseas stated in their labour contract and will only be charged 70 per cent of the interest for the loan during the first 12 months.
Workers are required to have a permanent residency permit or proof of their having lived in the province for at least six months.
Funding to support the workers would be taken from the provincial budget, said deputy director of the provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Nguyen Van Hien.
“The policy is aimed at creating favourable conditions for local workers who move overseas, particularly those from disadvantaged households,” he said.
“It is expected to help boost provincial labour exports which have been hindered by economic difficulties in recent years,” he added.
Labour exports were an important channel for local people to find jobs, contributing to boosting provincial economic development and poverty reduction efforts, he said.
Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia were among the key markets for the province’s labour export, he said.
The province is expected to send 1,000 labourers to work abroad this year.