Vocational training

Development of Xinjiang: prosperity of vocational training and rural employment


In recent years, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China has supported diverse career development and vocational training programs in rural communities in areas such as meal preparation and babysitting. children.

At a press conference on Xinjiang’s development on Monday, Alimire Ahmat, a teacher at a vocational school in the western Xinjiang city of Aksu, told reporters that she chose to return to Aksu to pass on what she had learned in Shanghai and Qingdao as a pastry chef.

“This is my sixth year of teaching at the Aksu Engineering and Technical School. I teach different pastry courses here. During these six years, I have seen my students succeed in different cities . I’m so proud,” she said.

She added that, on average, her students can earn 5,000 yuan ($785) per month. “For example, students who know how to make naan can earn a monthly salary of 7,000 yuan in cities in eastern China,” she said.

Guliziba Eskel, a student studying hairdressing and beauty in school, said she can now earn 3,200 yuan a month as a trainee at a beauty salon after receiving financial aid from the state. She said she was close to giving up due to the lack of stable support, but after winning several professional skills competitions and getting the trainee position, she decided to pursue her career goal.

Abdurusuli Satar demonstrates during a lamb kebab class. /CGTN

Abdurusuli Satar demonstrates during a lamb kebab class. /CGTN

Besides pastries, mastering the art of lamb skewers – another famous Xinjiang food – is a dream for many. Abdurusuli Satar from Kashgar Technician College is a very experienced teacher of Xinjiang cuisine and nutritional sciences.

“I’m very strict in class, because I want the students to fully concentrate on the knowledge and really learn it. You know, practice is important. I’m their great buddy, teacher and friend,” he said. in a video showcasing his work.

In 2021, Xinjiang received 650 million yuan from central and local governments for upgrading vocational schools and expanding vocational education. The region has a total of 29 training entities, with 14 vocational education and training bases to date.

Training enables people in rural areas to acquire more professional skills. As the locals say, these skills help them get involved in businesses and this, in turn, gives them more opportunities and a better life.