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Two Single-Parent Twin Brothers Moved out of Poverty: Because of “It”, They Are Well-Paid!

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Vocational Training Division

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2017-12-26

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      At a time when many young people are still worried about being unemployed after graduation, two single-parent twin brothers have earned NT$36,000 every month since their sophomore year at university and have been able to stand on their feet before their classmates have! The Workforce Development Agency, in order to narrow the gap between learning and practising and help young people get employed, is promoting its “Academia-Industry Co-op Training Program” – a policy that combines school systems, vocational training and teaching resources from industries to provide professional vocational training to young people so that they may gain work experience before graduation and get their degree, skills, certificate and work experience right after graduation.

    “We love winter and summer vacations the most because we get to work part time and make money.” Winter and summer vacations have always been the most-looked-forward to vacations for most students but for these two brothers, it’s a time to work in the factory and never miss any chance to work overtime because they want to help bring home the bacon.  Two twin brothers - Cheng-Xiu and Meng-Xiu are from a single-parent family. Their father died when they were third-graders and their mother was the sole provider for her three children and her old mother-in-law.  Both brothers knew how hard it had been for their mother to provide for the entire family and they started to work part time in a factory in junior high school. The owner of the factory where they worked co-organized the academia-industry co-op training programs with National Chin-Yi University of Technology and Taichung-Changhua-Nantou Regional Branch of the Workforce Development Agency.  The factory owner recognizes the good intentions of the Workforce Development Agency to work with companies and schools to organize vocational training for young people and thinks it’s a good idea for companies to hire young students to participate in practical training because it is a great help for students such as Cheng-Xiu and Meng-Xiu who need to gain work experience and make money; therefore he encouraged the brothers to take the test to enter the academia-industry co-op program.

     According to Cheng-Xiu and Meng-Xiu, both sophomores at Mechanical Engineering Department, National Chin-Yi University of Technology, “Normally, you need to pay for what you want to learn. We are just glad we get to study while acquiring skills for free.”  Through “Machine Tool and Precision Mold Program” co-organized by the Workforce Development Agency and National Chin-Yi University of Technology, they were assigned to receive professional skill training at Taichung-Changhua-Nantou Regional Branch of the Workforce Development Agency in the daytime and study in school in the evening in the 1st year and they both became Class B Certified Technicians for Plastic Molding in the first year; in the 2nd year, they were both hired by participating companies to receive practical training in the daytime and study in school in the evening. Currently, they are receiving practical training at JHC Precision Corporation Ltd – a big company well-known for emery wheel dressers. Their boss speaks highly of the training results and offers NT$36,000 per month each to the twin brothers before they graduate from school to make sure they give their attention fully to the training without worrying about money problems. The twin brothers are very grateful for the fact that their boss at their part-time job told them about the academia-industry co-op training programs offered by the Workforce Development Agency so that they may enjoy the same resources in spite of the economic status of their family.

      “One skill is better than a million dollars!” For young friends who are interested in our programs, please contact the Workforce Development Agency ( for Taipei-Keelung-Hualien-Kinmen-Matzu Regional Branch, please call 02-89956399, for Taoyuan-Hsinchu-Miaoli Regional Branch, please call 03-4855368, for Taichung-Changhua-Nantou Regional Branch, please call 04-23592181, for Yunlin-Chiayi-Tainan Regional Branch, please call 06-6985945 and for Kaohsiung-Pingtung-Penghu-Taitung Regional Branch, please call 07-8210171) or visit the website of Youth Vocational Training Resources (https://ttms.etraining.gov.tw/eYVTR/main/index.aspx) for relevant info.