Gansu helps disabled people through skill training, employment assistance
Web Editor:International Daily
A county in northwest China's Gansu Province has been helping local disabled people to become independent through providing them with skill training and employment assistance.
Sunday marks the 32nd National Day for Helping the Disabled. This year's theme focuses on the promotion of their employment and the protection of their rights and interests.
Li Foqin is a worker at the Gansu 0938 Garment Co., Ltd. in Gangu County, Tianshui City. Despite her disability, she now earns a stable income with her own skills, and benefits a lot from the factory's welfare, such as free meals, accommodation and nursery.
"Since I came here, I have not only learned the skills of sewing clothes, but also earned more than 2,000 yuan per month. They also provide us with free meals and lodging. The factory also set up childcare center, with specially-assigned personnel taking care of their homework," said Li.
Ma Baojun, head of the garment factory, is also a disabled person. After experiencing long-time hardship away from home, he decided to return to his hometown to start his own business in 2021, hoping to help more disabled people. Among the 150 employees in his factory, 52 have disabilities of various kinds.
"After seven years of apprenticeship, I learned some skills and accumulated some experience before I embark on my own entrepreneurial road. I hope that through my efforts, I can help more disabled people find jobs, so that they won't take the unnecessary detours as I did, " said Ma.
At present, the Gangu County government helps job seekers achieve customized employment by launching labor skills training programs. By ways of providing special-made sewing equipment, arranging public welfare job placement, employment by enterprises, and encouraging self-employment, the local government is helping disabled people achieve stable employment and embark on the road to prosperity.
"In recent years, we have increased support for the employment of the disabled, and successively held six vocational skills training courses and four large-scale special job fairs for the disabled, providing 200 jobs. At present, 1.53 million yuan of various subsidy funds has been allocated to build seven employment bases for the disabled at the provincial, municipal and county levels. So far we have trained more than 500 disabled people and helped 560 others to secure or find their jobs," said Zhang Jianhong, chairman of Gangu County Disabled Persons' Federation.