Shanghai social organizations to improve grad employment
Job seekers queue up to talk with an employer at a job fair. [Photo/Xinhua]
Shanghai rolled out a series of measures urging social organizations to provide more employment opportunities for graduates, according to a notice issued by the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau on June 1.
The measures mainly include recruiting graduates as assistants to directors of the service centers of social organizations, supporting social entrepreneurship, developing a number of employment and entrepreneurship training bases and setting up employment platforms for college students.
Social organizations should fulfill their social responsibilities to create more jobs for college students and attract those willing to engage in public welfare undertakings, which will help promote their sustainable development, the notice said.
Private non-enterprise institutions, foundations and other social organizations in Shanghai may apply for social insurance subsidies for recruiting college graduates from Shanghai who have registered for the first time within two years of leaving school and have signed an employment contract with a duration of more than one year.
Shanghai will recruit college students and postgraduates majoring in social work and sociology as assistants to directors of street service centers. At the end of a six-month internship, they will be recommended to work at city, district, and township-level service centers.
The civil affairs bureaus of districts in Shanghai are responsible for recommending service centers with employment needs. The Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau will then organize faculty and design practical training courses to train graduates to meet the needs of the service centers.
Social organization incubation bases in Shanghai will provide support and guidance for college students in their social entrepreneurship. Outstanding entrepreneurship projects may enjoy special supporting policies and financial guarantees.
Graduates can apply for a one-time subsidy of 8,000 yuan ($1,131) if they established a private non-enterprise or other entrepreneurial organization for the first time in Shanghai for one year and have paid social insurance premiums for at least one person for six months.
Entrepreneurship teams and individuals who develop their projects at the city-level entrepreneurship incubation demonstration bases can apply for subsidies to pay incubation fees of up to 10,000 yuan according to relevant regulations.
Final-year college students who participate in the entrepreneurship training program in the subsidy catalog can enjoy a subsidy accounting for 80 percent of training fees, according to the prescribed subsidy standard.
The Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau will also work with the Shanghai Employment Promotion Center to select a group of qualified social organizations in the city to set up employment and entrepreneurship training bases for college students.
Qualified college graduates can attend training programs at the bases for up to 12 months, during which time they can enjoy allowances equal to 80 percent of the monthly minimum wage of urban employees in that year.
The training bases can receive subsidies to pay teaching fees and for providing employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for college students.