On January 12th, 2010, Legislative Yuan passed Four Laws for Reconstructing Government Organization after the Third Reading. In order to collaborate with organizational reconstruction of the Executive Yuan, the responsibilities of the former National Youth Commission under the Executive Yuan and Vocational Training Center for Youth was transferred to the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training, and incorporated into plans for youth employment. On January 9th, 2014, the Legislative Yuan passed the Ministry of Labor and Related Institution Law. BEVT was reorganized into the Ministry of Labor, and the WDA was also established.

In order to integrate utilization of the national labor force, improving and developing new networks, conduct advisory work for national economic development and labor force development, and react to the influence and challenge from the domestic and foreign labor environment, the task of WDA was adjusted as follows:
  1. Establish the Working Ability Standards and Skills Examination Division, in order to construct a platform of national competency standards, and lower the difference between sustaining and employing talent, and serve as guidance for school session and educational training.
  2. Establish International Labor Force Task Center, which is in charge of approving employers’ requests for foreign labor, and collecting employment subsidies, and simplifies approval for the international labor force.
  3. Establish Labor Force Development Innovation Center, which aims to construct a system of knowledge about labor force development and a digital platform, and conducts development of teachers and methods of teaching, in order to create an innovative development strategy for the labor force, enabling Taiwan to evolve into a nurturing base for talent. To inspire the public to participate in the development of the labor force, the former Entrepreneur Phoenix of Welfare Division of Labor Committee under the Executive Yuan and the Versatile Employment Act of the Vocational Training Bureau were merged. It is expected to combine loans for entrepreneurship or innovative subsidies, assisting entrepreneurs in society and training related talent, and providing opportunities for employment.
  4. Establish various divisions of the WDA. The former vocational training centers of various areas under the Vocational Training Bureau and employment service centers have been merged to form five level 4 institutions, including Taipei-Keelung-Yilan-Hualien-Kinmen-Matsu Regional Branch, Taoyuan-Hsinchu-Miaoli Regional Branch, Taichung-Changua-Nantou Regional Branch, Yunlin-Chiayi-Tainan Regional Branch, and Kaohsiung-Pingtung-Penghu-Taitung Regional Branch, providing localized employment assistance. The task of managing worker training institutions of the former Entrepreneur Phoenix of Welfare Division of Labor Committee under the Executive Yuan was transferred to Taichung-Changua-Nantou Regional Branch, and renamed the labor education school, for the purpose of managing vocational training, and serving as a hotel for tourism and business, providing related site services.
  5. Establish Skills Evaluation Center as a level 4 institution. The tasks of skills evaluation and international skill competition from Central Zone Office of Committee of Labor under the Executive Yuan have been transferred to WDA, in order to promote and manage nationwide skills evaluation, issuing of technical certificates and administration. Skills evaluation will be merged into labor force development.

WDA is responsible for administrating and conducting vocational training, skills evaluation, employment service, entrepreneurship assistance, skills competitions, and approval of overseas labor force employment. It also plans to promote a national standard for skills, improve the skill standard of the ROC, and increase the opportunity for employment for handicapped. In the future, WDA shall strive for public support, and strengthen government service. It also aims to fully integrate such advantages according to social changes both domestically and internationally, in order to elevate labor value.

▌Youth Career Development Resources of WDA

About Youth Salon
The unemployment rate for the youth has long been over 10%. The gap between learning and applying, and the phenomenon of skill mismatch often make the youth bewildered when they are about to enter the job market and plan for their future. The rapid progress of technology and diversification of jobs also require continuous development of job functions. Career planning and move therefore becomes a challenge that most of the people shall confront with and handle.

YS not only values individual’s vocational exploration and preparations for employment, but also pays attention to the demand of employment market and changes to industrial development. With an expectation of integrating career development relevant services and resources, YS responds to and satisfies youth’s demand for career development, helping them to work happily and enjoy their job.
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