The HAB will launch a “Youth Ambassadors” scheme and reinforce the district youth networks in the 18 districts. The Government will continue to step up effort in the promotion of youth development and enhancement of liaison and communication with young people at different levels.
The Government will recruit 20 to 30 young people aspiring to pursue a career in policy research as well as policy and project co‑ordination to join the proposed Policy Innovation and Co‑ordination Unit on a non‑civil service contract basis, so that they can gain experience in public administration and the voices of young people can be heard at senior levels of the Government. The Government expects that those recruited will be able to start participating in the work of the proposed Unit when it formally commences operation.
Implement the “Self-recommendation Pilot Scheme” with youth as the initial target for recruitment, and designate advisory bodies in different policy areas as the first batch of committees for appointment of youth members recommended under the scheme.
Appoint a certain number of young persons to the new Youth Development Commission, and create a favourable environment for young people to participate in committees under different bureaux.
Upon completion of the Public Engagement on Youth Development Policy by the Commission on Youth, a “Youth Development Commission”, to be chaired by the Chief Secretary for Administration, will be established within the first half of 2018 to oversee the formulation and co-ordination of policies relating to youth development and steer the bureaux and departments concerned to take forward the relevant initiatives. The existing Commission on Youth under the Home Affairs Bureau will be incorporated into the higher-level Youth Development Commission.
The first summit of the Youth Development Commission, to be held in 2018-19, will be chaired by the Chief Executive, at which stakeholders will jointly examine the outcome of the work of the commission, listening to the views of the youth.
Launch a youth promotional programme to disseminate among young people the anti-corruption advertisements created by tertiary students on multi-media platforms to step up integrity building among the young generation.
In support of innovation and technology start‑ups, apart from our continuous support to the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government in respect of its youth entrepreneur hubs in Qianhai and Nanshan, the Space Sharing Scheme for Youth is also in the pipeline. In the first phase of the scheme, a floor area of some 60 000 square feet will be made available for start‑ups and other uses at no more than one‑third of the market rent.
Cyberport will join and support the Government’s Space Sharing Scheme for Youth to provide some 20 000 square feet of off-site Smart-Space co-working space to further its support for innovation and technology start-ups.
Actively seeking to forge free trade agreements and investment promotion and protection agreements with other economies, including those along the Belt and Road, as well as to sign trade agreements for specific industries, thereby enhancing the trade, investment and people flow with the countries concerned, and opening up markets along the Belt and Road and overseas for Hong Kong enterprises and professionals, in particular young entrepreneurs and start-ups.
Select suitable non-profit-making organisation to operate a weekend flea market on the Tourism Node site at the former airport runway tip to bring more vibrancy to the area when the site is pending land disposal, providing opportunities for participation by those who are interested, young people in particular.
Actively look into ways for young designers to fully use the traditional base for apparel and fabrics in the Sham Shui Po district to create new synergy, fuel the local economy and enrich the tourism resources of the district and foster the development of Hong Kong’s fashion design industry.
Earmark $500 million to kickstart a Technology Talent Scheme, which includes establishing a Postdoctoral Hub and expanding the Internship Programme to nurture more technology talents, and providing subsidies to local enterprises for training their staff in advanced manufacturing technologies, especially those related to Industry 4.0.
Update the permanent exhibitions of the Hong Kong Science Museum and strengthen the museum’s efforts on promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Upgrade the hardware and software provided for schools, including providing air-conditioning in standard teaching facilities (including classrooms and special rooms), student activity centres and assembly halls of public sector schools to create a better learning environment. Starting from the 2018/19 school year, a recurrent Air-conditioning Grant will be provided for all public sector schools for the related daily expenses. In addition, depending on the actual situation of individual schools, the Government will install air-conditioning system in the related facilities as necessary in phases. Schools under the Direct Subsidy Scheme will also benefit from the initiative.
To groom more research talent locally, the Government will inject $3 billion into the Research Endowment Fund, the investment income from which will be used for non-means-tested studentships fully covering the tuition fees for all local students of UGC-funded research postgraduate programmes.
To expedite development of student hostels for UGC-funded universities, the Government will establish a $12 billion Hostel Development Fund to meet all outstanding shortfall.
Invite the CCF to consider providing subsidy to needy primary and secondary students for purchasing tablet computers to facilitate the practice of e-learning.
The EDB will include Chinese history as an independent compulsory subject for the junior secondary level in the 2018/19 school year. On the basis of the existing curriculum, the EDB will continue to enrich curricular contents to promote students’ understanding of Chinese history and culture. The Government is conducting a second stage consultation on the revisions to the curricular content with the education sector.
Starting from this school year, the EDB and the HAB have launched the Opening up School Facilities for Promotion of Sports Development Scheme, which provides additional subsidies to public sector schools to encourage them to open up their school facilities to sports associations and help promote a sporting culture in schools. The Government will collect views from relevant schools and sports associations to further enhance the scheme.
To promote the development of team ball games, the Government will earmark $130 million for the launch of a five year development programme to provide additional funding for the relevant national sports associations to formulate and implement training programmes for Hong Kong representative teams to compete in the Asian Games. Funding support will also be offered to members of Hong Kong representative teams, with the aim of enhancing the performance of team sports progressively and increasing their chances of attaining elite sports status in future.
Regularise the Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme from the 2019/20 academic year onwards to continue the effort to subsidise up to 100 outstanding local students per cohort in their pursuit of undergraduate and postgraduate studies in worldrenowned universities outside Hong Kong, with a view to nurturing more top talent in various fields to support the development of Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong International Aviation Academy established by the AAHK aims to nurture local and regional talent in the aviation sector. Its first batch of courses was launched in April 2017. The academy has also entered into agreement with the French National School of Civil Aviation (Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile) to jointly offer an air transport management programme, which is expected to commence at the end of this year.
To nurture more high calibre and professional construction practitioners, the Construction Industry Council also plans to establish the Hong Kong Institute of Construction in the first half of 2018.
Consider aligning the courses offered by the VTC with the findings of the Report on Manpower Projection compiled by the Labour and Welfare Bureau so that the training and re-training efforts can be focused on addressing the manpower needs of different sectors.
The Government will also provide a funding of $36 million in the coming six years for continuing the training scheme for arts administrators and encouraging young artistic talents to study and exchange experience with their counterparts elsewhere.
Inject an additional $1.2 billion to the Qualifications Framework Fund for ongoing support for various stakeholders to participate in the Qualifications Framework (QF) and the promotion and public education of QF, so as to promote lifelong learning and support the manpower need of Hong Kong.
The Government will inject an additional $1.5 billion into the Continuing Education Fund and improve its operation by expanding the range of the courses covered, stepping up quality assurance for the curriculum and enhancing protection for applicants. The Government estimate that an additional 150 000 citizens will be able to receive the subsidy and the Fund’s operation will be extended to 2024.
Ensure that persons with disabilities have equal access to government job opportunities by implementing measures to provide assistance and facilitation for them during the application process, and enhance internship programmes within the Government for students with disabilities to strengthen their competitiveness in job seeking.
Implement a cross-disciplined forces training programme targeting ethnic minority youths to provide them with discipline, physical and team building training, to support and assist them to integrate into the community, and to cultivate positive values.
To foster the professional development of Chinese medicine practitioners, the Government will organise various training courses, such as diploma courses on Chinese medicine specialty for registered Chinese medicine practitioners and basic Western pharmacy training for Chinese medicine pharmacists. The Government will also provide relevant Chinese medicine training courses for medical practitioners, nurses and healthcare professionals. To attract more talent to join the Chinese medicine sector, the Government will review the remuneration package and promotion opportunities for staff employed at all levels in the Chinese Medicine Centre for Training and Research in the 18 districts.
The Government suggest injecting $1 billion into the CreateSmart Initiative to strengthen our support for the development of the design industry and the creative industries, especially the nurturing of young talent, and enhance the community’s awareness of creative thinking and design capability.
The EDB will develop and maintain a VPET portal as a one stop platform that provides information on VPET and related industries. The EDB will also assist education and training institutions, employers and trade associations in organising seminars and visits for senior secondary students and parents.
The Government will continue to allocate additional resources to take forward and enhance various youth development programmes in the coming five years. In particular, more internship opportunities in the Mainland, the Belt and Road countries and other parts of the world will be provided for our young people. These internships aim to enhance their understanding of the work culture and career prospects in different places, allow them to establish interpersonal networks, broaden their horizons and assist their future career planning.
In order to provide more opportunities for our young people to appreciate different cultures and the development of other countries (including the Belt and Road countries), the Government will proactively sign more Working Holiday Scheme agreements with suitable countries. This would enable Hong Kong young people aged 18 to 30 to learn more about the local customs and culture as well as the social development of various countries through travelling, thus broadening their horizons.