Members of the Quingdao, China delegration were Mr. Hu, Yiying, Ms. Zhao, Hua, Mr. Wang, Hexin, Mr. Wang Yongxian, Ms. Liu, Qinghua, Mr.Wang, Changjiang, Mr. Liang, Bin, Mr. Zhao, Bin, Mr. Li, Shaobo, Mr. Yu, Naijiang, Wei Liu, Mr. Zhuang, Zengda, Mr. Yang, Yousen. Representing Oakland were One-Stop Career Center, EDD and PIC staff: Melbra Watts, COO of PIC (far left); Anne Chan, co-manager (fourth from right); Cindy Ta, EDD Employment Specialist (second from right) and John Bailey, Executive Director, Oakland Workforce Investment Board. Photo by Adam L. Turner.
By Ken A. Epstein
Twenty delegates from the municipal government of Quingdao, China, visited the Oakland Private Industry Council’s One-Stop Career Center on Thursday, seeking tips that will help them take advantage of the career center’s expertise in providing employment assistance, counseling, job training and assisting businesses in hiring and retaining workers.
The visit from different cities in China is a regular event organized in cooperation with the United States – China Exchange Council, which organizes exchanges for the purpose of education and to develop friendship between the two nations.
Quingdao is a city of over 8.7million located in eastern Shandong province in Eastern China. The city is a major seaport, naval base, and industrial center.
As a result of past visits to Oakland, one city in China has already established a One-Stop Career Center, according to Anne Chan, co-manager of the Oakland One-Stop.
“Their primary interest is how to work with employers to see what kinds of job openings there are and to match workers with the employers’ needs,” she said.
“They asked a lot of questions about how we help people find jobs,” said Chan. “They want to find out what we do in the United States. They want to know what works and what doesn’t work.”
Similar to the U.S. in China they have a lot of job fairs for unemployed workers to meet employers, she said
One difference between how services are organized in China and the U.S. is that funding for job seekers in China goes to the agency directly from the national government, said Chan. But in the U.S., the funds go through many layers, from the Department of Labor, to the state, to cities and counties and then to the agencies.