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Video June 3, 2020

Guangdong, China: Training a Skilled Workforce for Industrial Upgrade

China’s Guangdong Province has been dubbed the “world’s factory” producing clothing, shoes and toys for much of the world. Today, the province is moving from these low-cost and labor-intensive productions to modern manufacturing and service industries. This transition calls for more high-skilled industrial workers, and vocational and technical schools play a leading role in meeting this demand. A World Bank-financed project in Guangdong has supported technical colleges in developing school-industry partnerships, building instructional and management capacities, developing modular and competency-based training programs, and upgrading school facilities and equipment to strengthen the skills and employment prospects of urban and rural workers.