Macau: Vocational training increases due to diversification of the economy

11 February 2009

Macau, China, 11 Feb – Over 16,000 workers resident in Macau in 2008 signed up for training courses provided by the Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Center (CPTTM), the organisation’s director-general told MacauNews.

Victor Kuan told MacauNews that the figure had jumped from about 5,000 in 2004 to more than 16,000 last year.

He noted that the number of courses available at the centre was up from about 300 to more than 700 in the same time frame.

Kuan said there were thousands who lost their jobs in traditional industries and lacked the education and training to re-enter the workforce.

“In the last few months we have received many former casino sector workers that have signed up to get qualifications that then allow them to work in another sector,” Kuan told MacauNews.

The CPTTM, a non-profit organisation set up by the Macau Government and the private sector, offers a wide variety of courses including languages, industrial design, clothing design, information technologies and management, amongst others.

The government provides a subsidy of around 25 million patacas (US$3.1 million) per year and the CPTTM matches that amount with the fees it charges for its courses.

Many trainees are sent to the CPTTM by the companies themselves, most of which are large and medium-sized, which aim to improve the training of the staff.

Kuan also said that for 2009 the CPTTM’s efforts would be focussed on “supporting small companies.” (macauhub)