More than 18,205 employees with low-paying jobs in Shenzhen have received a college education through the “Yuanmeng Project” over the past six years, the federation said in a press conference Thursday.
The “Yuanmeng Project,” with Yuanmeng meaning “dreams come true,” has also provided skills training and on-the-job training for 100,000 employees over six years under a real-name system, according to Shenzhen Federation of Trade Unions, which launched the project in 2008.
The project aims to assist employees and migrant workers with outstanding work performances, but low incomes, to study for college or an undergraduate degree in the form of a subsidy. Project applicants must be members of the federation.
Xia Ronggui, office director of “Yuanmeng Project” at the Shenzhen Employees Institute of Continuing Education, said that the project focuses on training modern industrial workers, creating a mechanism and platform conducive to the long-term development of employees and enhancing their employability.
“Many students have taken up management positions and have become technical talent after graduation, and some have even started their own businesses,” said Xia.
Wang Jing, a student representative of the project, shared his experience at the press conference. “I was once an average worker doing simple work at my company. Through this project, I have improved my skills and became a technician.”
The institute has also set up off-campus study centers for the project’s students and has cooperated with companies such as Fuji Xerox (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd., Skyworth, Foxconn and SF Express to jointly cultivate talented people, according to Xia.
To enhance and enrich student learning, the city’s federation of trade unions said it has built an online service platform for employee education, which provides more than 1,200 online courses on current affairs, management and skill enhancement.
In the future, it is planned that the number of students pursuing further academic education and receiving skill training through the “Yuanmeng Project” will be expanded to 5,000 and 10,000 per year, respectively.