In setting up the service center for senior talents, Chung Cheng University and Chiayi County Government signed a cooperation agreement
Owing to the limits associated with age and physical condition, many middle-aged and the elderly workers often face the challenge in competing with young people over professional competence in the workforce when changing jobs. In order to support the seniors to return to the workplace without barriers, Chung Cheng University (CCU) and the Chiayi County Government signed a memorandum of cooperation at the Ming Chu International Conference Hall in the CCU Innovation Building, on the 13th of April. In the future, the two parties will jointly push the service center for senior talents forwards and constantly organize job-seeking related events to create a friendly working environment for senior citizens.
The research data reveals that, in Taiwan, the labor force participation rate for middle-aged and senior citizens aged from 50 to 59 is higher than 50%, but it is only less than 10% for those aged 65 and over. However, when compared with neighboring countries, Taiwan’s rate for 55 to 64 category is significantly lower than that of other countries by 20%, and the labor force participation rate of the senior people over 65 is only a quarter of that of South Korea.
As the \"Middle-aged and Elderly Employment Promotion Act\" and its relevant laws have been implemented, in order to make Chiayi County a primary model and the national indicator on the employment and friendly working environment promotion for middle-aged and senior persons, on the 13th of April, Dr. Zhang-Hua Fong, President of CCU, and Mr. Chang-Liang Weng, Mayor of Chiayi County signed a memorandum of cooperation. And Huei-Shiang Hsu, the deputy director of the Yunlin-Chiayi-Tainan Regional Branch of the Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor, took the stage as a witness.
CCU stated that in the future, the two parties plan to set up the first senior talents service center in Minhsiung area. In addition to the help of matchmaking employment opportunities, and providing consultation services to unemployed middle-aged and senior workers, the career counseling sessions and professional training programs will also be run regularly.
At the signing ceremony, CCU president Fong expressed that CCU as a university located in Chiayi County has its social responsibilities to co-shoulder the elderly issues raised in Chiayi County with local government. Therefore, to assist the Chiayi County Government to provide and create a friendly work environment for middle-aged and senior citizens has been a fundamentally important policy to CCU. The university also hopes that by promoting the \"intergenerational power\", middle-aged and senior citizens can act as preliminary pioneers to stabilize the ground, allowing postliminary young people to move forward.
Mayor Weng pointed out that nearly 50% of the Chiayi County workforce is taken by people aged over 45. Thus, the issues in supporting middle-aged and senior citizens to find a suitable place in the job market will be the main goal and direction in this collaboration between industry, government and the academia. Weng believes that compared with young people, generally, the positive working attitude and ability to work under pressure are the advantages for middle-aged and elderly persons to compete in the employment market. In the future, the county government will prepare the database of job vacancies to mediate the demands and needs for middle-aged and elderly seekers and the business owners. Weng looks forward to the partaking of CCU in this farsighted mission enabling the indicative senior talent service center with the academic support to be realized in Chiayi County.
On the same day as the agreement was signed, the Center for Innovative Research on Aging Society (CIRAS) of CCU, together with the Labor and Youth Development Department of Chiayi County Government, the Yunlin-Chiayi-Tainan Regional Branch of the Workforce Development Agency, and Ding Ye Consultancy Services, co-hosted the Senior Labor Force Forum to discuss the issues regarding to the dynamic of the elderly society in Taiwan and the middle-aged and senior labor force, and so on. By sharing the sophisticated ideas on the creative applications of middle-aged and senior labor force with experts from different fields, CIRAS expected to break through the age boundaries and overcome the environmental constraints, to lead the navigation and the exploration in the longevity community, to think about the development and all possibilities in the labor market for middle-aged and senior generations.