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Demand rises for ayis with strong educations

MIDDLE-AGED domestic helpers may face some serious competition in the form of young ayis who have graduated from college and have been trained to provide high-end services.

The Shanghai Household Services Association is working with Shanghai University of Technology to train a team of domestic helpers who have graduated from college.

The project will be fully launched by the end of 2011 and the first group of ayis from the program will enter the market in three years, according to Sun Shizhen, an official with the association.

Sun said maids with good educations are becoming more popular, especially among expatriates and wealthy Chinese families. Sun said household services firms preferred to hire students from other parts of the country over their local counterparts as local pupils have earned a reputation of not working hard enough or thinking the job is beneath them.

Sun Jianhua, an official with Tongxin Household Service Co, said they usually hire students from other provinces because they want "doers" instead of "talkers" or "complainers."

Sun Jianhua said some Shanghai students fail to see the bright prospects of working as a domestic helper.

"They can learn a lot from people who have achieved great success in their business or family," Sun Jianhua said.

The new program was designed to give local students a chance in the industry.

The program may train students to teach young children, take care of the elderly and do other high-end services along with basic housework.


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