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Migrant workers study with business in mind

MIGRANT workers who find it difficult to secure a job in the city will get the chance to start their own small businesses.

The Shanghai Charity Foundation set up a training center for migrants, telling them how to start a company, officials said yesterday.

Training courses for migrant workers are now mainly aimed at improving their work skills. This course takes things a step further.

The lectures will be free as funding will come from city companies and institutes.

The foundation will use guidelines from the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and pupils will receive an NFTE certificate after "graduation."

The course, lasting for about 10 days, will tell the pupils how to spot market risksand "grab chances," said the foundation's education and training center.

Instructors will be experienced teachers from the center and volunteers will also help.

The foundation is also recommending programs suitable for migrant workers, such as being franchisees of convenience stores.

"Our assistance to the migrant workers won't finish with the end of training," said Xu Benliang, director of the center.

Officials said encouraging migrant workers to start their own business would help relieve the unemployment burden on the city.

"Our training of young local people has been effective," Xu said. "Some of our trainees set up two companies after they finished the course."

Yesterday the first migrant class started in Hongkou District.

A migrant worker, who only identified himself as Wang from Fujian Province, said he hoped the course could give him a new life.

"I've been in Shanghai for several months and failed to find a stable job," he said. "I'm very interested in running my own company."


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