The Vietnamese government is stepping up training for its laborers who are seeking to work in Taiwan, after Taiwan lifted a decade-old ban on Vietnamese fishing workers and care givers in July.
The Department of Overseas Labour under Vietnam's Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs said it has compiled and designed Chinese-language teaching materials and work-related training lessons for manpower brokers and workers, with the aim of enhancing workers' knowledge and skills.
According to Vietnamese regulations, manpower brokers are required to provide workers with training related to their profession, language skills, and the customs and laws of their destination country, according to the department.
As for the problem of absconding workers, the department said it will continue to fine Vietnamese workers who run away from their jobs, step up inspections of manpower brokers, gradually reduce the fees that Vietnamese laborers have to pay to work in Taiwan, and better track the whereabouts of absconded workers.
Due to the serious absconding problem, Taiwan imposed a ban on Vietnamese fishermen in May 2004 and froze issuing work visas to Vietnamese caregivers and domestic workers in January 2005.
Taiwan announced in April that it will lift the ban in July. The move came after Indonesia announced earlier this year that it plans to stop sending domestic workers to foreign counties by 2017, sparking concerns that there will be a shortage of such workers in Taiwan.
Indonesian caregivers and domestic workers account for around 80 percent of all foreign caregivers and domestic workers in Taiwan.