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LG offers more training to get young into jobs

LG will launch job training programs to help address Korea’s high youth unemployment rate, including expanding its job training courses at local universities to teach specialized skills needed in the IT industry.

Started in 2012, the tech giant has run job training programs for young job-seekers, dubbed “Tailored Courses for Society.” Software lessons are held at 10 local universities. The courses have been lauded by both academics and the government as a successful way of educating students in practical skills needed in the IT industry.

In a press release on Thursday, LG said the program so far has focused on software, but will expand into other subjects such as electricity, machinery, auto parts and electronics. The courses will be taught at more universities, particularly outside Seoul and Gyeonggi.

The courses will be set up in coordination with professors at the universities and former and current executives at LG, the company said. Participants will be also given an opportunity to do an internship at LG or given scholarships.

The students selected by their universities to participate in the courses may even be hired by LG eventually, said a manager at the company. “We are considering increasing the number of participants in the courses to more than 100 annually at more than 10 universities.”

In North Chungcheong, the company will start courses at local universities including Chungbuk Provincial College.

For small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the province struggling to hire talented young people, LG will also launch a project to introduce young jobseekers to the companies.

LG will sign memorandums of understanding with SMEs in North Chungcheong and educate young jobseekers with LG’s job training programs.

If they complete the program and work for a local SME in North Chungcheong for more than three years, they will have an advantage if they apply to LG for a job, according to the company.

For companies in partnership with LG, which are mostly SMEs, the conglomerate will offer its own career training programs for their entry-level workers and pay for the training.

Currently, LG CNS has offered its own training programs for its SME partners and taught more than 1,000 employees since 2007.

The same kind of support will be given partners of LG Display and LG U+, the group said.

BY KIM HEE-JIN [kim.heejin@joongang.co.kr]
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