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Training China’s growing workforce
Equipping people with vocational skills enables them to contribute more to society
This story will be published in the upcoming issue of the OPEC Fund Quarterly, which will focus on regional integration - a driver of decent work and economic growth (SDG 8) and industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9). Stay tuned for the soon-to-be published OPEC Fund Quarterly!
The project will expand and renovate the campus of Xianning Vocational and Technical College, in central China. In addition to constructing buildings to accommodate training facilities and other academic-related infrastructure, the project will modernize classrooms and dormitories, and provide educational equipment.
OPEC Fund Director-General Dr. Abdulhamid Alkhalifa said: “Investments in vocational education are critical to equipping people with the skills and knowledge not only to support themselves, but also to contribute to society. This project will help China’s growing workforce train for the needs of tomorrow in line with Sustainable Development Goal 4 on inclusive education.”
Establishing a more skilled workforce is a key development goal outlined in China’s ‘Education Modernization 2035 plan’, devised to better align the country’s education system with China’s socio-economic development needs.
The OPEC Fund has supported development in China since 2007, approving finance for the country’s education, health, energy and water and sanitation sectors.