5,000 training centers to give boost to entrepreneurship
China Daily

Students learn auto repair under the instruction of a teacher at a vocational education center in Shijiazhuang, North China's Hebei province, Dec 5, 2018. (Photo: Xinhua)

The central government stepped up efforts to support entrepreneurs with the launch of a campaign by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security on Tuesday.

The ministry said over 5,000 training centers for entrepreneurs will be established by the end of next year. It also plans to train about 8,000 teachers this year and the same number next year, with top teachers to be encouraged to set up their own workshops.

The campaign will build on a three-year skills improvement plan released by the State Council in 2019 that aims to stabilize employment by improving people's skills and encouraging entrepreneurship. Under that plan, about 2 million people are projected to receive training in higher-quality courses each year.

The ministry said the campaign will cater to people from all walks of life, but especially those with a strong desire to start their own companies and those who need entrepreneurship guidance.

People from poverty-stricken areas, college and vocational school students and college graduates who have been unemployed for two years will be entitled to priority registration, as will laid-off workers, owners of small and medium-sized enterprises, demobilized military staff members and those with difficulties finding jobs, such as the disabled.

The ministry said that the campaign aims to improve the training system for entrepreneurs by offering a more open and diversified environment for startups.

To improve the training system, the latest technological advances, including big data and block chains, will be applied to the establishment of the training platform. Information on course attendances, the flow of funds and the whole training process will be able to be tracked on the platform.

Follow-up services will also be available to campaign participants, the ministry said, including secured loans, advice and startup incubation services to optimize training results.