The Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) held a video-based work meeting on November 15 on bolstering the 2030 employment prospects for college graduates. Huai Jinpeng, Minister of Education and Party Secretary of MOE, and Yu Jiadong, Vice Minister of Human Resources and Social Security, attended and addressed the meeting. Weng Tiehui, Vice Minister of Education and a member of MOE’s Party leadership group, served as moderator.
The meeting noted that a total of 11.58 million college students are expected to graduate in 2023, representing a year-on-year increase of 820,000. Following guidance from the 20th CPC National Congress on work related to education, technology, human resources and employment, higher education institutions (HEIs) need to overcome current and upcoming challenges and step up efforts to assist their graduates in finding jobs or starting businesses.
The meeting stressed that HEIs should do their utmost to facilitate market-based recruitment of college students. For instance, presidents or heads of HEIs are encouraged to approach potential graduate employers, and a program will be carried out to allow more campus hiring by companies. The National 24365 Graduate Employment Service Platform will also be further promoted to boost college recruitment by small and medium-sized enterprises and support graduates starting up their own businesses in order to fulfill their potential through flexible employment.
Meanwhile, incentive policies will be adopted to direct more graduates to enter the workforce in key sectors and work at the grassroots level, including by extending the military draft to college graduates. The career guidance service system will be optimized to offer more effective consultancy services to graduates and help improve their awareness in order to safeguard their rights while job seeking. Support will also go to those who have difficulty landing a job. Relevant government agencies will take concerted actions to collect and use information about post-graduation employment and enhance monitoring of graduate employment statistics.
Additionally, supply-side reform will be deepened in higher education by resetting and adjusting academic disciplines and majors and by bridging the gap between talent training and employment. Presidents or heads of HEIs are required to hold themselves totally accountable for the work on employment promotion. More effort is needed to increase publicity and spur cooperation regarding this matter, thus creating a favorable environment for the employment of college graduates.
The meeting suggested combining the efforts of employers, graduates and public service institutions to ensure employment stability and expand job opportunities. The public employment service system will be improved to provide better information services and vocational training as well as support labor mobility and more efficient matching between jobs seekers and employers. A series of measures will be put in place to protect employees’ rights and interests and provide a fair and inclusive job market for college graduates.
A wide range of participants attended the meeting, including representatives from relevant national and local government departments, HEIs and civil society organizations. The meeting was convened with parallel sessions at HEIs in all provinces, with technical support by China Mobile Communications Corporation.