The Council of Indigenous Peoples is continuing its Indigenous Summer Work-Study Program this year, providing work-study opportunities in government and non-government sectors for high school, vocational school, and college level students. Participants have the opportunity to work in local governments, township offices, NGOs, cultural health stations, and other workplaces. A total of 635 indigenous young people have been selected this year and reported to their respective service units on July 3 to begin their work experience. For the first time, educational training is being conducted, starting today in Kaohsiung, with Acting Chairperson Icyang personally present to encourage the students.
Acting Chairperson Icyang emphasized that the Council provides summer work-study opportunities for many students, allowing them to earn tuition and living expenses during their summer break. In addition, in the past year or two, the categories of job vacancies have expanded, and now include work-study positions at cultural health stations. This year, 205 students, accounting for approximately 32% of the total, have been assigned to work at cultural health stations where they can assist in caring for the elderly while learning indigenous languages from them, bringing the use of indigenous languages back into daily life.
To enhance students' workplace knowledge, a two-day, one-night educational training program is also being conducted for the first time. The program is divided into three sessions in northern, southern, and eastern Taiwan. Topics covered include "Labor Rights" to raise students' awareness of basic labor rights, "Indigenous Policies" to provide an overview of important current policies related to indigenous peoples, allowing students to understand the policy formulation process and milestones, and "Career Introduction," enabling students to become familiar with different types of organizations and units through sharing different workplace case studies, facilitating their smooth transition into the job market .