Trade unions in central China’s Hubei Province are going all out to tap the talent of women workers. Over the past five years, trade unions have built 2,090 training and weekend schools targeted at them, offering a wide selection of training courses across various subject areas.
So far, more than 2 million women workers from around the province have attended training programmes run by trade unions. Of these, 1.4 million have upgraded their educational credentials while 335,000 earned a promotion.
To build up the technical capacity of women workers, the unions hold skills competitions and encourage them to go in for technical innovations. In the past five years, trade unions have organized 233,000 skills contests, attracting 4 million women workers and resulting in 22,022 technological inventions.
Ge Lin, vice-chair of the Hubei Trade Union Federation, says that over the next five years, the women workers’ committee of the federation will stage two labour competitions, with events ranging from nursing to catering, accounting and design. He estimates that the competitions will bring together 80% of women across various industries.