Yep. It’s become ridiculous and there’s no support for poor folk to get those certificates for basic jobs. Our government used to support that sort of study, but of course they ripped funding out of it and the people who would do certificate training courses can’t afford it anymore.
But the big supermarkets have benefited massively because the government will let them hire people for $3 an hour ‘internships’ to work in A SUPERMARKET for 6 months (It’s nice to be paid less than the cost of one muffin sale). Then you’re out on your own again without the experience needed to get another job, and they can just hire another cheap worker.
The nice thing about being over here in China and teaching English is that there is actually demand for teachers, so at least I have some protection and ability to negotiate since my employer actually needs me to stay, and there’s always plenty more offers on the table. (Though the HR department is also pretty rotten when you want to leave)