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Hungary to expand programs for fostered workers

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The Hungarian government is planning to launch new programs to expand employment in the country, Péter Cseresnyés, state secretary of the National Economy Ministry, told Hungarian daily Magyar Idők today.

The state secretary said that the government is drafting a decree that would allow the advance payout of subsidies for fostered workers who find market-based employment before their public work program contracts expire. Fostered workers are employed by the government and paid less than minimum wage to work at jobs such as street sweepers or metro ticket takers.

In addition to revising the system of vocational training to suit the needs of the labor market, Cseresnyés said that the most important aspect is to provide support for job placement at businesses and create incentives for job creation. As a result, the Hungarian government is launching new training programs.

These programs, which will focus on putting fostered workers in market jobs and reducing unemployment among youth, according to the state secretary, are being funded by the European Union and the Hungarian state.

The state secretary said that the vocational education system must be restructured and become operational by the next academic year as a first step. Cseresnyés said that greater emphasis will be placed on adult education, in particular by making training for a second profession free of charge.

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