Contestants take part in a vocational skills match in Huaian, Jiangsu province, in March. The event tested their skills in building virtual reality algorithms and VR motion interaction. (ZHAO QIRUI/FOR CHINA DAILY)
China will select a second batch of around 30 national pilot cities for the integration of industry and education sectors in the second half of this year as the country aims to foster more skilled craftsmen, the National Development and Reform Commission said on Tuesday.
The NDRC and seven departments together released a new guideline last week about the implementation plan for empowering and enhancing the integration of industry and education in vocational education between 2023 and 2025.
The guideline aims to promote better integration of industry demand into the entire process of talent cultivation and continuously optimizing the supply structure of human resources.
The guideline encourages banking institutions to support industry and education integration projects and the development of related enterprises. Insurance institutions may develop insurance products related to the integration of industry and education. The government will support eligible industry and education integrated enterprises to go public for financing.
In 2021, the government selected the first batch of 21 national pilot cities for the integration of industry and education sectors and 63 enterprises for national industry and education integration.
The latest guideline said the government would summarize the experiences and practices of the first batch of national pilot cities, and select another group of enterprises for national industry and education integration.