Programme was meant to upgrade skills of millions who lost jobs during the pandemic
CHENGDU • Li Tianhui had high hopes when she signed up for a free training programme for make-up artists in her neighbourhood, six months after she lost her sales assistant job during the coronavirus pandemic.
"I was having trouble landing a position because of a lack of skills," said Ms Li, a 33-year-old from Chengdu, a south-western Chinese city. "I thought the course could address the problem."
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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 16, 2020, with the headline 'Why China's retraining campaign is struggling to help the jobless'. Print Edition | Subscribe
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