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Overview of Vocational Competency Development

In the 1980s and 1990s the vocational competency development support business was mostly focused on vocational training to strengthen employment abilities of youths not advancing to higher level of education and supporting cultivating skills for the workers in the industry

In the 2000s, the advent of lifelong competency development era brought about the changes in the governmental policies. By these changes, in 2006, the function of training skilled workforce directly through vocational schools and polytechnic colleges was transferred to the Korea Polytechnics which was then established and given a role of supporting organization for lifelong skills development for SMEs and workers. Since then, HRD Korea has concentrated on performing support projects such as SME Learning Organization support, human resources development diagnosis within enterprises and certification of outstanding organization, SME core vocational competency improvement support, tuition support for SME workers, and development & distribution of e-Learning content.

In 2007, as the Enforcement Decree of the Employment Insurance Act was amended, execution of vocational competency development business, which was previously implemented by the Ministry of Labor (MOL), was commissioned to HRD Korea, and thus, vocational competency development training support businesses, such as preferentially-selected-occupation training, and SME vocational training consortium.

The year 2012 was the first year to perform vocational competency development training support business commissioned from the Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) and that year the budget of the HRD Korea increased drastically with vocational competency development support for SME workers being increased by over 10 times compared to the previous year. HRD Korea met challenges of successful establishment of the new business and innovation of operating process company-wide.

In 2013, with the inauguration of Park Geun-hye administration, HRD Korea faced a turning point to revitalize its business once again, by newly designing and implementing major national agendas, such as Work-Learning Dual System, and building a Region/Industry-Customized Manpower Development System, in association with the governments employment and vocational competency development policies. In 2016, for contributing to creation of jobs through successful implementation of national agendas, HRD Korea received presidents award.


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