Vocational centers in Iran grow by 35 percent over 8 years
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jul.7/ Trend F.Karimov/
The number of vocational centers in Iran has risen by 35 percent in Iran since the past eight years, IRNA quoted Iranian Labor and Social Affairs Minister Asadollah Abbasi as saying.
The number of vocational centers has increased from 500 to 676 over the course of eight years, he noted.
Iran has established vocational centers in some African states, he said, adding that the country has inked contracts for offering technical and vocational training in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In April, deputy labor minister Mohammad Taghi Hosseini said that the international sanctions imposed on Iran have affected the working conditions in the country, however due to proper management there have been no serious problems yet.
Hosseini said that conditions for work in Iran are good, and the support system for workers is well developed.
"We have an active Decent Work Country Programme, that is currently being implemented," he said.
"The social security and social welfare cover all workers, including those working temporarily. We use the three-sided mechanism, which is one of the internationally-approved standards. The government is not the only one which decides on the salary of the workers, but the employers and employees as well," he said.
The unemployment rate in the country is projected to fall by one percent each year during 2013-2015.
A member of Iran's high council of employment Davoud Qaderi said that the council had developed a package of investment plans, worth 1.96 trillion rials (some $160 billion), aimed to create 1.1 million new jobs this year.
The unemployment rate in Iran stood at 12.3 percent last year, showing a 1.2 percent fall compared to its preceding year, the statistical center of Iran reported.
Some 400,000 people were employed in Iran last year, which ended on March 19. The government announced over 1.6 million job opportunities were created last year, the Mehr News Agency reported on June 12.