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Vocational training for the disabled stalls

HA NOI – About 93 per cent of the disabled have not received job training, Labour, Invalids and Social Affair Ministry figures show.

The Association for the Support of Vietnamese Handicapped and Orphans estimates that as many as 2.5 of 5.3 million disabled need work.

"Although there are many policies for employers to hire the disabled, it's difficult for people with disabilities to find work," said the Labour, Invalids and Social Affair Ministry's Social Protection Department deputy director Nguyen Xuan Lap.

Employers who hire more than 30 per cent of disabled workers will pay neither business income tax nor land when the People with Disability Law become effective from January 1, 2011.

The National Assembly approved the legislation in June.

But some employers shy away from the disabled and others do not believe in their abilities, said deputy director Lap.

And some disabled do not believe in themselves or lack confidence about seeking work.

It meant the disabled had little chance of a job, he said.

The inability of the disabled to find work showed that policy-makers had to design more effective programmes for them to enter the labour market.

"We need co-operation among authorised agencies, employers and community to create more chances for the disabled to find jobs," he said.

Vocational Training Centre for disabled children director Tran Duyen Hai said because employers in the garment industry found it difficult to recruit labour, his sewing workshop had 20-30 disabled children at each of its courses.

The centre's target was for 40-50 disabled children.

Frpm VietNamNews

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