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DOL Forges Labor Education Partnership with 12 Community Colleges

Joint Labor Education Seminar To bring labor issues closer to the public so that more people without any experience in labor regulations will be given the opportunity to understand their labor rights through diverse, lively approaches, the Department of Labor (DOL) of Taipei City Government has invited the Department of Education and representatives from 12 community colleges in the city to convene a Joint Labor Education Seminar at 14:00 on August 1, 2019 (Thursday).

The objective is to merge labor rights-related knowledge into the course via the community colleges’ diversified courses and the local communities’ resources in education promotion so that labor education will be integrated into the communities. During the meeting, the 12 community colleges have expressed a high level of willingness to cooperate with the DOL’s proposals.

During today’s lecture, the 12 community colleges have expressed a high level of willingness to support the DOL’s collaborative proposal, and they also offered relevant suggestions on improving the partnership. In particular, Songshan Community College President and Taipei Community College Association Director Tsai Su-chen proposed various suggestions pertaining to the design of diverse labor-related courses. Additionally, Wenshan Community College President Cheng Hsiu-chuan also commented that in light of the changing work environment, issues including youth employment and entrepreneurship, employment for middle-aged and senior citizens as well as gig economy are all highly relevant for community residents, therefore these issues can be developed into unique courses by various community colleges in the future.

DOL Commissioner Lai Hsiang-ling hopes that the seminar will take the recommendations of various community colleges into consideration and reach a consensus on how collaborations will be implemented. The agency will be taking advantage of the community colleges’ teaching resources and creativity, letting them design diverse, lively curricula to help the citizens obtain labor-related information. She expects to create a model and platform with different community colleges to promote labor education in order to facilitate localized labor education for the communities so that the people can appreciate the close association between labor agendas and their lives.