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Vocational Education Gets Skilled-up

China Economic Weekly October 30, 2021

By NewsChina Updated Jan.1

On October 12, China’s general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council released a set of policy measures to support vocational schools and improve the quality of skills-focused education. The guidelines specify targets such as constructing a modern vocational education system nationwide by 2025. Over the years, China has been short of highly skilled professionals, particularly in the manufacturing sector. According to statistics released by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security in December 2020, China had some 200 million skilled workers, accounting for 26 percent of the total workforce, far below that of developed countries. Official statistics showed that China had 11,500 vocational institutions and over 28 million students by the end of 2019. High-caliber professionals are a key factor in industrial and digital transformation, and vocational institutions need to update their curriculums to better meet the demands of businesses.