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Video: Student Workers in China
The electronics industry has long relied on the creativity and energy of young people to lead innovation and engineering of the devices that consumers around the world enjoy on a daily basis. For decades, the electronics industry has invested in robust training programs for young people to continue this tradition of innovation.
In China, vocational education for teenagers and young adults is an important part of China’s educational and economic systems. Students at vocational schools often gain practical experience working at electronics manufacturing facilities in China, and these young people can have valuable contributions to the global electronics industry.
As young people, Chinese student workers have distinct rights and are also vulnerable to abuses. Furthermore, RBA member assessments show that too often Chinese student workers are inappropriately placed and utilized in facilities, such as being made to carry out tasks not related to their area of study or made to work excessive hours, denied leave or subject to insufficient health and safety protections.
In recognition of the potential positive impact of vocational education but concerned about protecting students’ rights and wellbeing, the RBA offers members tools and resources to support students' rights in their supply chains.
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