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When Christmas songs start to play on the street, it is time for all you young fellows to plan your activities during Christmas! Have you ever thought about taking advantage of the Christmas holidays to travel abroad, experiencing various cultures and having a unique Christmas with young people from different parts of the world? The Funding Scheme for International Youth Exchange under the Youth Development Commission has been providing funding to various non-governmental organisations to organise international exchange programmes for Hong Kong young people. The objective is to offer them more comprehensive international exchange opportunities, expand their global exposure, and broaden their international horizons. Just a reminder, the international exchange programmes during Christmas are now open for application. All you young fellows can check out the exchange programmes provided in the Chinese version and create an unforgettable and special Christmas holiday for yourselves!
When Christmas songs start to play on the street, it is time for all you young fellows to plan your activities during Christmas! Have you ever thought about taking advantage of the Christmas holidays to travel to the Mainland and have a unique Christmas with the local young people? The Funding Scheme for Youth Exchange in the Mainland under the Youth Development Commission has been providing funding to various non-governmental organisations to organise exchange tours to the Mainland for Hong Kong young people. The objective is to enhance their awareness and understanding of their home country while fostering exchange with Mainland youth, thereby strengthening their sense of national identity. Just a reminder, the exchange tours to the Mainland during Christmas are now open for application. All you young fellows can check out the exchange programmes provided in the Chinese version and create an unforgettable and special Christmas holiday for yourselves!
The Youth Employment and Training Programme (YETP) of the Labour Department will organise the “Hitachi Elevator Recruitment Day”. Hitachi Elevator Engineering Company (Hong Kong) Limited will provide employment opportunities to YETP trainees and interested young people by offering 15 on-the-job training vacancies of Assistant Technician (Installation) and Assistant Technician (Maintenance), which do not require any related work experience. YETP trainees and interested young people may apply for the job and attend interview on-the-spot. Applicants should be school leavers aged 15 to 24 with Secondary 3 to sub-degree level (or equivalent). (Please note the different entry requirements of and different allowance/ benefits offered by different posts.) Successful applicants will undergo on-the-job training with pay for a period of 12 months of employment. Interested young people are advised to visit the YETP website for details, or call our hotline at 2382 1310 during office hours for enquiries and registration. Limited places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. A gift will be offered on-site to YETP Trainees and job seekers eligible for YETP. For details, please visit: https://www.yes.labour.gov.hk/events/events/EventDetailsEDM?id=750&c=en
The Youth Employment and Training Programme (YETP) of the Labour Department will organise the Pacific Coffee Company Limited Recruitment Day on 7 December. Pacific Coffee Company Limited will offer 40 on-the-job training vacancies of “Barista” and “Part-time Barista”. YETP trainees and interested young people may attend interview on-the-spot. Successful applicants will undergo on-the-job training with pay for a period of 6 months of employment. Interested young people are advised to visit YETP website for details, or call our hotline at 2382 1310 during office hours for enquiries and registration. Limited places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. A gift will be offered on-site to YETP Trainees and job seekers eligible for YETP. For details, please visit: https://www.yes.labour.gov.hk/events/events/EventDetailsEDM?id=752&c=en
The Youth Employment and Training Programme (YETP) of the Labour Department will organise the Public Services Recruitment Day. Efficiency Office and Education Bureau (in random order) will offer 33 on-the-job training vacancies of Customer Service Officer, and Teacher Assistant. YETP trainees and interested young people may attend interview on-the-spot. Successful applicants will undergo on-the-job training with pay for a period of 6-9 months of employment. Interested young people are advised to visit YETP website for details, or call our hotline at 2382 1310 during office hours for enquiries and registration. Limited places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. A gift will be offered on-site to YETP Trainees and job seekers eligible for YETP. For details, please visit:https://www.yes.labour.gov.hk/events/events/EventDetailsEDM?id=748&c=en
Astronomical Training Programme for Secondary Students ("ATPSS") is co-organised by the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Department of Physics, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Astronomical Society. It provides a comprehensive training in astronomy to local full-time Secondary 4 and Secondary 5 students. It aims to cultivate and promote students' interests in natural science.Through an array of diversified activities with equal emphasis on theory and practical skills, ATPSS will enhance students' understanding of astronomy and boost their science literacy. More importantly, by nurturing students' abilities in problem-solving and organisation of activities, ATPSS hopes the students can apply what they have learnt in the programme to help promoting astronomy in schools.
The Public Records Office (PRO) of the Government Records Service (GRS) today (September 15) launches the annual thematic exhibition “Yesterday’s Vacation in HK”, which takes the audience on a journey through Hong Kong’s past. Featuring a selection of tourism-related archival holdings from the 1950s to the 1980s, the exhibition unveils visitors’ diverse experience in the city and a variety of tourist attractions under four themes, namely “Sight and Scenes”, “Shopping Paradise”, “Paradise for Foodies”, and “Happenings in the City”. The exhibition also sheds light on different facets of lives in old Hong Kong. Members of the public are welcome to visit the Exhibition Hall where a selection of over 70 archival holdings is on view starting from today. A thematic backdrop near the entrance of the Exhibition Hall offers a photogenic spot for the audience to begin their exhibition journey. An “Exhibition Pass” booklet is also available on-site. The exhibition opens from Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5.45pm (except for public holidays), in the Exhibition Hall on the second floor of the Hong Kong Public Records Building, 13 Tsui Ping Road, Kwun Tong. Admission is free. Members of the public can find more precious archival images by browsing the online exhibition (www.grs.gov.hk/ws/online/yvhk/en/home/index.html), and follow the Facebook Page of PRO (www.facebook.com/grs.publicrecordsoffice) for more interesting stories covered in the exhibition. PRO will host roving exhibitions in different districts in the coming months, and the relevant information will be announced later on the GRS website (www.grs.gov.hk). For enquiries, please call the PRO at 2195 7700 or email to email@example.com.
The e-Learning Support Scheme (“eLSS”) has been launched under the Youth Employment and Training Programme (YETP) of the Labour Department to provide pre-employment training and job opportunities for young people who wish to pursue their career in information technology, education and multi-media industries, and at the same time, assist schools to promote e-Learning. Candidates accepted to eLSS will attend a free pre-employment training course provided by Academy of the Baptist Convention of Hong Kong and are entitled to have $241 allowance per pre-employment training day on completion of the training with 80% or above attendance. Upon completion of the pre-employment training, trainees will undergo on-the-job training with pay in schools for 12 months as an e-Learning Support Officer. Target participants and eligibilities School leaver aged 15-24 Educational attainment at DSE (NAS) / sub-degree or below No related academic qualification and work experience required Lawfully employable in Hong Kong Duties of e-Learning Support Officer Assist schools to prepare multimedia information and e-learning materials Manage online teaching platform Assist schools in setting up, operating, monitoring, managing and maintaining computer equipment and software, networks and servers, e-learning platforms, intranet and web pages of schools Assist students in using e-learning tools such as tablets Assist in administrative work in support of IT education For details, please visit the YETP website, or call 2112 9932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries.
Through sponsoring NGOs in organising internships to the Mainland, the Funding Scheme for Youth Internship in the Mainland under the Youth Development Commission aims at enabling Hong Kong young people to experience first-hand the actual workplace environment in the Mainland, cultivate a deeper understanding of the employment market, work culture and development opportunities there, with a view to helping them set their future career goals, gain more work experience, establish interpersonal network and boost their employment advantage in the future. For more information , please refer to the Chinese version.
The Trainee Programme under the Urban Forestry Support Fund encourages employers to engage and train arboriculture and tree management graduates to become quality arborists and tree climbers to support tree management and maintenance work in Hong Kong.The “Urban Forestry Support Fund - Trainee Programme” follows the “first-hire-then-train” principle, and will provide a training allowance of about 30 per cent of agreed monthly remuneration levels to the trainees through their employers, as well as a bonus of $30,000 and $20,000 upon their acquisition of recognised arborist or tree climber professional qualifications respectively. The training periods for arborist and tree climber trainees are three years and 18 months respectively.Eligible employers are invited to participate in the Trainee Programme to take in arborist and tree climber trainees at agreed or higher remuneration levels (including the training allowances provided under the programme). They are also required to provide structured training that meets stipulated requirements. About the Programme Monthly training allowanceArborist Trainees $4,500* Tree Climber Trainees $5,000*Starting monthly pay point (including monthly training allowance) Arborist Trainees $14,500* Tree Climber Trainees $15,000*Bonus (upon completion of training and acquisition of recognised professional qualification) Arborist Trainees $30,000 Tree Climber Trainees $20,000Training periodArborist Trainees 3 yearsTree Climber Trainees 18 months*The amounts are subject to adjustment by the Construction Industry Council upon completion of each year of training with consideration of factors including inflation.Eligibility (Employers - Applicants)- Arboriculture, tree management and landscape companies with active tree inspection and/or tree work related contract(s) for the Government or the private sector of duration not less than one year or organisations managing a substantial amount of tree assset; and- Have the following employees in the company: (For engaging Arborist Trainees) At least 1 arborist who meets the requirement for the training tutor of Arborist Trainee (For engaging Tree Climber Trainees) At least 1 tree climber who meets the requirement for the training tutor of Tree Climber Trainee Eligibility (Trainees - Employees)- Hong Kong residents- Graduates of local arboriculture, tree management and tree work programmes at: (For engaging Arborist Trainees) Level 3 to Level 5 of the Qualifications Framework (For engaging Tree Climber Trainees) Level 3 to Level 4 of the Qualifications Framework- Have not possessed any recognised professional qualifications Eligibility (Training Tutors - to be provided by employers)Training Tutors of Arborist Trainees- HKQF Level 4 or above in arboriculture related academic qualification; and- Professional qualification in arboriculture; and- Completed and passed tree risk assessment and management training course organised or recognised by the Tree Management Office; and - Received relevant occupational safey and health training relating to tree work operation; and - At least 7 years of work experience in tree care and familiar with tree risk assessment and managementTraining Tutors of Tree Climber Trainees- Received relevant occupational safey and health training relating to tree work operation; and- Completed training in tree work operations (including tree climbing (rope access), use of chainsaw and aerial rescue); and- At least 3 years of work experience in tree care and tree climbingThe programme accepts applications throughout the year. The relevant application form and training framework document can be downloaded from the website of the Construction Industry Council. Here below is the sharing of students, employers and training tutors from the Urban Forestry Support Fund - Trainee Programme. (The video is broadcasted in Cantonese)
MIT Entrepreneurship and FinTech Integrator (MEFTI) is a FinTech venture-building boot camp for MIT and Hong Kong students who are ready to make industry impact. Students from MIT and universities in Hong Kong will form teams, tackle real-world industry challenges, and build a FinTech venture pitch with a viable business model. In this intensive experience, participants will - Learn about emerging trends across different FinTech sectors- Gain insights into how the financial services industry has been transformed- Understand how frontier technologies, including distributed ledger technology and artificial intelligence, are redefining business processes and changing the future of industries- Understand the jurisdictional advantages of Hong Kong as a leading FinTech hub from regulatory, technology and domain perspectives- Visit emerging startups and companies and interact with seasoned industry executives from the Greater Bay Area (China)- Immerse in a comprehensive entrepreneurship program and build a viable business plan and prototype to present the FinTech idea to a panel of judges and the audience Application by Hong Kong Students Application deadline: April 7, 2023 Please refer to the website of MEFTI for more details.
The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness through applied research. Their research embraces 6 core areas including Smart City, Financial Technologies, Intelligent Manufacturing and Re-industrialization, Digital Health, Application Specific Integrated Circuits and Metaverse.Summer Internship ProgrammeASTRI Summer Internship Programme offers a golden opportunity to learn from award-winning scientists in a cross-cultural environment. It is an 8-week programme starting in June 2023 that targets undergraduate and postgraduate students majoring in STEM disciplines or non-STEM disciplines. Requirements- Undergraduate or postgraduate students majoring in STEM or non-STEM disciplines- Enthusiastic about exploring a career in a research institute- Creative, open-minded, visionary, and interested in the Innovation and Technology (I&T) industry- Fluent in written and spoken EnglishApplicationPlease lodge your application by submitting the Application Form on or before 13 March 2023. For details please visit the website of ASTRI.EnquiryFor enquiries, please email ASTRI at email@example.com.
Cyberport Academy is commissioned by Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (FSTB) and is delighted to introduce the “FinTech Self-paced Learning Webinars” programme to the public covering Blockchain, RegTech, Cybersecurity, Data economy, ESG and MORE. The programme is available for FREE and contains the Webinar series of the “Financial Practitioners FinTech Training Programme” to raise public awareness of Fintech along with the latest development and enrich the FinTech talent pool in Hong Kong.For the Programme details, please click here to visit the website of Cyberport Academy.
M+ offers internships to graduates and emerging professionals with intakes in January and July every year. The year-long internship is full-time and paid. M+ seeks creative and driven individuals who are interested in working in a collaborative environment where their voices and decisions will make a lasting impact.The interns are mentored by key museum staff from teams across M+, including Curatorial, Digital, Learning and Interpretation, Collection and Exhibition, and Museum Operations. In addition to gaining valuable insight into museum work, interns have the opportunity to grow their professional network from attending meetings, workshops, and off-site visits.If you are looking to pursue a career in museums or the cultural field, or want to learn more about twentieth- and twenty-first-century visual culture, M+ encourages you to apply.EligibilityGraduates with less than two years of work experience are welcome to apply for this programme. Successful applicants are selected based on their interest, academic training, professional experience, and departmental need. Previous museum experience is not required.Currently, the programme is only open to permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Interns who have previously participated in the programme may not reapply.How to ApplyThe application deadline is 9 July 2023. The next intake will take place from July 2023 to July 2024. Please visit the website of M+ for more details.
Information days for post-secondary education in Hong Kong, covering admission information, introduction to various programmes and their requirements, will be held from October 2023 onwards. Details can be found in the following table: Date Institute Highlights Location 7 October The City University of Hong Kong Admissions Talks and Consultations, Exhibitions, Guided Tours, Alumni and Student Sharing Sessions Campus 7 October The Hong Kong Baptist University Admission Talks, Guided Tours Campus / Virtual 14 October The Education University of Hong Kong Admission Talks, Guided Tours, Student Sharing Sessions Campus / Virtual 14 October The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Admissions Talks and Consultations, Exhibitions, Guided Tours, Student Sharing Sessions Campus / Virtual 21 October The Chinese University of Hong Kong Admissions Talks, Guided Tours Campus 21 October The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Admissions Talks, Consultation and Sharing Sessions Campus 28 October The University of Hong Kong Admissions Talks, Guided Tours Campus 3-4 November Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Admissions Talks, Industrial Sharing, Programme Booths Campus 4 November Lingnan University Admissions Talks, Consultation Session, Guided Tours Campus 10-11 & 17-18 November Vocational Training Council Admissions Talks, Guided Tours, Workshops Campus / Virtual 11 November The Hong Kong Metropolitan University Admissions Talks, Guided Tours, Student performances, Campus 11 November Tung Wah College Admissions Talks, Student Sharing Sessions Campus 17-18 November Caritas Institute of Higher Education & Caritas Bianchi College of Careers Admissions Talks, Workshops, Guided Tours, Life-Planning Education Events Campus 18 November Hong Kong Hang Seng University Admissions Consultation, Programme Seminars and Workshops, Guided Tours Campus 18 November Hong Kong Shue Yan University Admissions Consultation Campus 18 November Hong Kong Chu Hai College Admissions Talks, Guided Tours, Early Bird Admissions Interview Campus 18 November UOW College Hong Kong Thematic Talks, Guided Tours, Games Campus Pre-registration may be required for certain events. Please refer to the latest official announcement from respective institutions.
The Government has launched the “Strive and Rise Programme” which aims to address intergenerational poverty by helping underprivileged students, who join the Programme as mentees, achieve their life goals and strive for upward mobility. The enhanced Programme has started recruiting the second cohort to provide focused support for more secondary students from underprivileged families. The second round of the Strive and Rise Programme will include new elements as: increasing the number of mentees from 2 800 to 4 000, with an extension to cover Secondary Four students from underprivileged families; enriching the variety of group activities with more Mainland study and exchange tours; introducing mentorship groups; and establishing an Alumni Club for mentees who have completed the Programme to provide them with diversified social activities and internship opportunities. Target Mentees Secondary One to Secondary Four students from underprivileged families, particularly those living in subdivided units Three Key Elements 1. Mentorship Mentees will each be paired up with a volunteer mentor who will share his/her life experience to help the mentees build up their self-confidence and guide them to develop their personal goals in a proactive and positive manner; the mentors will also assist their mentees in developing positive financial planning concepts and applying effectively the financial support provided under the Programme. 2. Personal Development Plans Mentors will inspire mentees to explore more possibilities for personal development, develop action plans and make good use of financial resources to achieve their personal development plans under guidance. 3. Financial Support Each mentee will be given a start-up sum of $5,000 for spending under the guidance of the mentor to achieve his/her personal development plan; upon successful completion of the Programme, a scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to the mentee for his/her own deployment by applying the financial planning concepts acquired Structured Programme Through a structured programme covering orientation, basic training, diverse group activities, mentor-mentee interactive sessions, etc, the Programme will help mentees broaden horizons, reinforce self-confidence, develop a positive outlook on life, set goals for the future and strive for upward mobility. Upon successful completion of the one-year intensive foundation programme, mentees will automatically become members of the Alumni Club for two years. Students can approach their schools and District Organisers for enquiry and application (Click here for contacts of District Organisers / Application Form). Application will close on 16 November.
As the new semester begins, university students are presented with attractive credit card promotions and offers by banks which set up promotion booths on campus. Typical offers include welcome gifts, rebates and annual fee waivers, enticing freshmen to apply for their first credit card.If you make good use of your credit card wisely and pay your bills on time, it can help you to save money, earn bonus points for gift redemption, and minimise physical contact during the pandemic. However, there are also some pitfalls that you should look out for.Trap 1: Should I make minimum payment?It may seem easy to make just the monthly minimum payment on your credit card, but your debt can quickly snowball too. For example, with an outstanding balance of $20,000 and an interest rate of 35% p.a., it will take 26 years to pay off the debt if you only make a minimum payment every month, provided that there are no more transactions during the period. What’s more, interest will be charged immediately for all new transactions, existing interest-free instalments and autopay arrangements through your credit card (such as monthly insurance premiums).Trap 2: Is it easy to get a cash advance on your credit card?Many credit cards offer the option of a cash instalment plan, allowing you to convert available credit limit into cash. However, this seemingly handy service with no application and approval required generally comes with higher interest rates exceeding 30% p.a. Unlike general transactions with an interest-free payment period, cash advances will accrue interest immediately, and incur administrative fees.Trap 3: Is it easy to extend the repayment period?It is important to repay the monthly balance on time – the longer the repayment period, the more interest it will incur. This snowballing effect will not only create financial stress, but also have an impact on your credit record. A low credit score may prompt banks and financial institutions to charge a higher interest rate, or even deny your future loan applications. Besides, some companies and employers may review your credit report and score during the recruitment process. How much should I repay each month to clear credit card debt?If you have any unsettled credit card bills, you should set a clear goal and make repayment as soon as possible to save on interest. You can use the calculator on the Investor and Financial Education Council website to work out the required monthly repayment amount. Information source:
To support youth employment and help SMEs weather the difficult time, St. James’ Settlement and Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited jointly introduced the “Futuremakers’ First Job Youth Employment and Subsidy Programme” in 2020. The programme encouraged SMEs to provide full time or short-term job opportunities for graduates by subsidising half of the wages of the youths employed. In the past 2 years, the programme has successfully helped over 300 graduates to find suitable jobs. SMEs would be able to explore suitable talents through the job matching platform, while DSE, post-secondary and university graduates will be able to find job opportunities which suit their interests and abilities. Corporates will receive half of the wages of each youth hired or up to HK$39,000 over a 6-month period. Participating youths will also be provided with job seeking skills and employment trainings as well as guaranteed interview opportunities within two weeks of the launch of the programme. The third phase of the programme is now accepting applications from 2020, 2021 or 2022 graduates. For more details, please visit the official website. If you have any enquiries, please call 2596 2569 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When planning for further study or career, young people may have some popular industries in mind and look for related courses, for example, finance; real estate and construction services industry; hotel and catering; information and communication technology; retail; recreation, sports, cultural and creative industries, etc. Want to know what courses or training programmes are available for a particular industry? Below are some websites that may help.. Industries and Jobs - Education Bureau'sLife Planning Information Website Careers Exploration - Talent.gov.hk More details about the programmes are available from respective institutions. For a comprehensive list of institutions / organisations providing local post-secondary education and other education programmes, please refer to the website of the Education Bureau (EDB). For other related training and courses, please refer to the EDB's Life Planning Information Website. Still not sure about your career path? Browse the websites listed below to find out more about different jobs and careers and to know more about yourself! VTC Occupation Dictionary JOB & VASK of CLAP@JC Discover@Jobtionaryof Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups I am… Youth Portalof St. James' Settlement
Starting your first job is exciting, especially when you get your first month's pay. It brings financial freedom and puts you in charge of your own money. It also gives you the chance to set financial goals and come up with a plan to achieve them.After starting your first job, it's natural to have an idea of how you want to be in five or 10 years. This could mean further studies, buying a property, getting married, or even starting your own business. No matter what the goal is, you will need money to realise it.Be realistic when setting goals. While short-term goals are often easy to reach, longer-term aims like getting married or buying a property can take years or even decades. The sooner you come up with a plan, the more time you have to save money to reach your goal.Your first short-term goal should be to save for an emergency cash fund. It should be enough to cover your expenses for six months. The Savings Goal Calculator on Investor and Financial Education Council website can help you estimate how much to save and for how long, in order to reach your goals. Make a monthly budgetAfter setting goals, it's time to manage your income and spending. Your first job probably won't be very well paid, but it's tempting to spend. Even so, it's much better to be careful and avoid living from paycheck to paycheck.Use the Money Tracker mobile app to set a monthly budget, record income and track expenses. It can also compare the budget you set with actual spending. This allows you to manage your money all the time, anywhere.Save before spendingIt's important to learn good saving habits while you are still young. The key is to always save before you spend. So, after getting your wage, put aside 10 to 20% as savings straight away. The rest can be spent as you wish. The sooner you start saving, the more money you will have due to the compound effect. This will boost your financial freedom.Most people have lots of things they want to buy but don't have enough money. Simply put: if you buy this, you can't buy that. It's important to know the difference between what you need and what you want. Think about what you will do with what you buy. Ask yourself: "Would it cause me any problem in the coming months if I don't buy it?" If the answer is no, it means you don’t really need it. More financial issues to think about 1. MPF managementThe Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) is a long-term saving and investment scheme for retirement, which both you and your employer put money into. When you start work, your employer has to enrol you for the MPF scheme within 60 days. The contribution is 5% of your income for both you and your employer. Good MPF management is important, as it will affect how much money you have when you retire.2. Repay student loansIf you have a student loan, put aside part of your salary to repay it. You can set up autopay so you pay on time. Student loans are from public money. Paying on time is your obligation and a social responsibility. Also, late payments will mean surcharges and interest. This could affect your credit history. You can use "SFO E-Link" to check your repayment schedule and history.3. Smart use of credit cardsWhen you first get a credit card it's tempting to spend money you haven't earned yet or buy things you can't afford. Apart from spending on necessities like meals and transport, young people also like to buy trendy clothes and gadgets. But it's best to buy what you need rather than spend too much. Do not fall into the "enjoy now, pay later" trap. Repay the full amount before it's due, as interest on a credit card can be more than 30%.4. Prepare to pay taxesHong Kong has a provisional tax system. When you receive a tax return you must report your income, deductions and claim allowances. For example, you can claim tax deductions on MPF contributions. The Inland Revenue will assess your tax for this year and the next, based on what you report. Therefore, tax is for the current year, while provisional tax is for the next year. As a result, the total amount for a tax bill could be very high. You should prepare by using the Salary Tax Calculator to work out the tax due on your wage, then save based on how much you need. (Information source: Investor and Financial Education Council)
The Government strives to nurture youths and support them in fully realising their potential. Youth uniformed groups offer important platforms for promoting youth development. To this end, most of the disciplined and auxiliary services departments have set up their own youth uniformed groups to nurture young people’s sense of social responsibility, enhance their law-abiding awareness and help them develop leadership skills through a series of classroom and physical training. Information about the youth uniformed groups under the disciplined and auxiliary services departments is listed below for easy reference. Junior Police Call The Hong Kong Police Force has all along been actively promoting youth development. With the mission of nurturing fight crime partners and future leaders, it founded its flagship youth organisation, the Junior Police Call (JPC), in 1974. Currently, Advanced Leaders and members of JPC Leader Corps who join foot drill training are uniformed to reinforce the sense of belonging. On top of organising regular leadership camps to build up young people’s resilience, team spirit and leadership skills, JPC has also launched new programmes, e.g. innovation and technology competitions, in recent years to enhance its appeal to young people. In April 2021, JPC introduced the Junior Police Call Mobile Application (JPC App) to facilitate the recruitment of new members and the participation of existing members. In addition, JPC implemented a new youth engagement strategy under the acronym “IDEAS” this year to highlight the elements of JPC’s activities, namely “Innovation”, “Discipline”, “Exposure”, “Adventure” and “Synergy”. With this new strategy, JPC has also launched a new awards scheme, with a view to enriching members’ learning experience systematically. Looking ahead, JPC will also offer youth exchange opportunities in the Greater Bay Area to let participants gain first-hand experience of the opportunities in the Greater Bay Area. >> Website of Junior Police Call (The video is in Chinese) Fire and Ambulance Services Teen Connect The Fire Services Department (FSD) established its youth uniformed group, called the Fire and Ambulance Services Teen Connect (FAST Connect), in 2021. FAST Connect aims to provide a learning platform for its members, arranging regular training and activities to equip them with a rich learning experience. Apart from providing practical training on basic fire-fighting and rescue techniques, basic first-aid skills and fire safety knowledge, FAST Connect also covers national education (e.g. the Chinese-style foot drill) to enhance the sense of belonging to the country among youth. Exchange sessions with community leaders and Hong Kong elite athletes are also arranged for members. Through participating in the various training and activities arranged by FSD, young people can acquire new knowledge outside the classroom, learn more about the country’s development and build a good character, with a view to building a solid foundation for academic and career success in the future. >> Website of the Fire and Ambulance Services Teen Connect (The video is in Chinese) Immigration Department Youth Leaders Corps The Immigration Department (ImmD) established its uniformed group, the Immigration Department Youth Leaders Corps, in 2013. Presently, the uniformed group provides disciplinary and leadership training to local students from Secondary 1 to Secondary 6 in Hong Kong. The training programme covers knowledge about immigration matters, national education, foot drill, physical fitness, community services and outdoor training. It aims at developing members’ sense of discipline and team spirit, enhancing their sense of national identity, and instilling positive thinking and values through group activities. Members will receive training in the Immigration Service Institute of Training and Development and visit immigration facilities so as to deepen their understanding of ImmD’ s work. This will help those who are interested in joining the Department in future get prepared. Since September this year, dedicated instructors also host school-based meetings with a view to building closer rapport with members. (The video is in Chinese) Customs Youth Leader Corps The Customs and Excise Department (C&ED) introduced the education-oriented programme, Customs YES, in 2021 for young people aged between 12 and 24. Groups, schools and non-governmental organisations interested in supporting and promoting youth development can also join as organisation members. The Customs YES programme aims at enhancing young people’s appreciation of C&ED’s work and fostering their positive values and sense of belonging to society. Its activities include Customs job orientation experience, summer internship programmes, adventure and leadership training and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area exchange programmes. Customs YES also regularly holds theme-based (e.g. legal profession, innovation & technology, and logistics) career development workshops aim to help members understand the situation and development of various sectors through interactive activities such as site visits and sharing by sector specialists. Under the framework of diversified activities of Customs YES, C&ED has formed a new youth uniformed group called Customs Youth Leader Corps, which aims at nurturing members to be distinguished youth leaders. Apart from participating in Customs YES activities, members are required to attend regular assemblies and disciplinary training to acquire various skills and learn about C&ED’s work. >> Website of Customs Youth Leader Corps (The video is in Chinese) Rehabilitation Pioneer Leaders The Correctional Services Department (CSD) has been implementing the Rehabilitation Pioneer Project since 2008 to disseminate the message of “leading a law-abiding and drug-free life as well as supporting offender rehabilitation” to secondary school students and young people. Project activities include education talks in schools and organisations; visits to correctional institutions and experience sharing by persons in custody to enable participants to understand the consequences of committing crimes; and summer tours to large-scale infrastructure as well as rural schools and families in the Mainland in order to deepen participants’ understanding of national affairs. In 2018, CSD established its uniformed group, Rehabilitation Pioneer Leaders, targeting secondary school students. Participants attend regular meetings twice a month at venues such as the Staff Training Institute for foot drill, take part in teamwork and physical training, as well as join a wide range of activities such as life planning interviews and Training on the Operation of Online Channel. The aim is to broaden their horizons, foster discipline and promote law-abiding and inclusive values. >> Website of Rehabilitation Pioneer Leaders Civil Aid Service Cadet Corps Founded in 1968, the Civil Aid Service (CAS) Cadet Corps has an establishment of more than 4 000 cadets. Committed to promoting youth work, CAS encourages young people to learn practical skills and develop leadership abilities and through which to build up self-confidence, sense of responsibility, self-discipline and the spirit to serve others. Cadets also take part in community service such as countryside conservation work, tree planting and visits to the elderly to prepare themselves for becoming responsible citizens. CAS provides a diversified array of training and activities for its cadets including life-saving, first-aid, foot drill, hiking, boating, sailing, outdoor programmes and national education courses, etc, and is planning to develop activities and training on virtual reality and unmanned aircraft to encourage cadets to explore in various dimensions. Exchange programmes for cadets to meet with young people in the Greater Bay Area have been organised in order to deepen their understanding of the development of the Greater Bay Area. >>Website of Civil Aid Service Cadet Corps (The video is in Chinese) >> Website of Civil Aid Service Cadet Corps Auxiliary Medical Service Cadet Corps The Auxiliary Medical Service (“AMS”) established its Cadet Corps in 2011 to encourage young people to acquire practical skills and develop their leadership abilities by taking part in healthcare training and activities. Apart from receiving healthcare training, cadets also take part in a wide range of events, such as first aid competitions, foot drill training, community service and national education exchange tours, etc. >> Website of Auxiliary Medical Service Cadet Corps Auxiliary Medical Service Cadet Corps The Auxiliary Medical Service (AMS) established its Cadet Corps in 2011 to encourage young people to, by taking part in healthcare training and activities, acquire practical skills and develop their leadership abilities. Major areas of the training include knowledge, prevention and handling of communicable and chronic diseases; conventional first aid and health-check training; and prevailing public hygiene and health issues (e.g. emotional / mental health and drug abuse). Apart from receiving healthcare training, cadets also take part in a wide range of events, such as first aid competitions, foot drill training, community service and national education exchange tours, etc. >> Website of Auxiliary Medical Service Cadet Corps Government Flying Service's Collaboration with Youth Uniformed Groups Although the Government Flying Service (GFS) does not have its own youth uniformed group, it has established various activity arrangements with different youth uniformed groups (such as the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps (HKACC), the Scout Association and the Girl Guides Association). Its collaboration with HKACC is particularly close. Besides continuing to provide HKACC with the relevant programmes and activities, GFS will arrange officers to take part in HKACC’s leader training programme and give professional coaching to HKACC members aged 16 or above, providing experiential activities to help them learn more about the different facets of GFS’s work (including the work of Pilots, Air Crewman Officers, Aircraft Engineers, Air Medical Officers and Air Medical Nursing Officers). This can promote young people’s understanding of GFS and their interest in the aviation industry.
This year, the Education Bureau (EDB) launched the e-Gallery, a one-stop online portal. The e-Gallery showcases Hong Kong students' multifarious learning outcomes in different domains, namely values education, languages, humanities, creativity and problem-solving, STEM education, arts and culture, and physical development, as well as celebrates students' outstanding performances in whole-person development. From time to time, the e-Gallery will announce the outstanding achievements of Hong Kong students in local, national and international competitions. It will also recommend competitions of various types for schools to nominate student participants. Moreover, it will feature Hong Kong outstanding students' learning experiences in different domains, aiming to inspire more students to take up challenges and stretch their potential. In addition, the e-Gallery will hold online exhibitions which, as compared to physical exhibitions, will allow more flexibility for displaying students' attainments in whole-person development and provide opportunities for students and teachers to appreciate and learn from one another. You are also welcomed to watch the below introduction video by the e-Gallery:
The deadline of 2021-2022 Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) application submission falls on 8 December 2021 (11:59 pm). Students are suggested to priorities programmes they have both interest and confidence in from the list of Programmes Offered after thorough consideration. Set your goals and collect information about the job Students are recommended to explore their interest, set a goal for their ideal job, and subsequently search for suitable programmes and career pathways. If there is already a clear goal in your mind, you may take a look at the Life Planning Information website launched by the Career Guidance Section, Education Bureau. Information of all walks of life, such as duties of job, reference salaries, entry requirements and examples of related training and courses are all listed in the website. You may refer to the related Bachelor Degree Programmes of each occupation when you are ranking your JUPAS programme choices. Take reference from the past Admission Scores of the institutions Besides interest and goals, the result of Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (DSE) and the abilities of the applicant are important as well for programme selection. You may compare your predicted DSE results with the past Admission Scores of the participating-institutions when you are making decisions on the programmes. The below list consolidates the Entrance Requirements, Admission Scores (2021 Entry) and Admission Score Calculators of the Universities under JUPAS for your reference: City University of Hong Kong Entrance Requirements Admission Scores (2021 entry) Admission Score Calculator Hong Kong Baptist University Entrance Requirements Admission Scores (2021 entry) Hong Kong Metropolitan University Entrance Requirements Admission Scores (2021 entry) Admission Score Calculator Lingnan University Entrance Requirements Admission Scores (2021 entry) Admission Score Calculator The Chinese University of Hong Kong Entrance Requirements The Education University of Hong Kong Entrance Requirements Admission Scores (2021 entry) The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Entrance Requirements Admission Scores (2021 entry) The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Entrance Requirements Admission Scores (2021 entry) Admission Score Calculator The University of Hong Kong Entrance Requirements Admission Scores (2021 entry)
Application Procedures Applicants who wish to apply for admission to the programmes offered under Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) and are eligible to apply via JUPAS must submit and complete their applications via the JUPAS online application system. Before submitting the applications, applicants are advised to go through the Online Application System User Guide for Applicants, and complete all of the following steps for the submission of applications: 1. Create JUPAS Account 2. Activate JUPAS Account and Apply for Admission 3. Pay Application Fee 4. Submit Programme Choices 5. Submit Optional Information (if applicable) Upon successful creation of an applicant's record and successful generation of an application number by the JUPAS online application system, applicants will receive emails from the JUPAS Office. In avoidance of missed emails, applicants must ensure that the setting of their personal email accounts will not filter out or place such correspondence in the trash / junk bins Important Dates 6 October 2021 (9:00 am) – 8 December 2021 (11:59 pm) Submit and complete JUPAS applications (details) 10 December 2021 (9:00 am) – 1 June 2022 (5:00 pm) Submit late applications (details) The fee for late application is HK$810 10 December 2021 (9:00 am) – 1 June 2022 (11:59 pm) Update programme choices before the release of the HKDSE Examination results (details) Before updating, applicants are required to pay amendment fees of HK$100 for each submission From 22 June 2022 (9:00 am) Log on JUPAS accounts to check the time-slots allocated for modifications of programme choices Timeslot allocated during 21 July – 23 July 2022 Modify programme choices after the release of the HKDSE Examination results (details) *Subject to changes. For all updates and details, please refer to the JUPAS website.
The 2021 Summer Internship Programme at the Efficiency Office (EffO) was concluded successfully. After the two-month intership, the interns had enriched their understanding of the internal operation of the Government as well as the development of Innovation and Technology (I&T) in Hong Kong. The interns participated in a wide variety of tasks, such as general office work and site visits to different government departments and I&T organisations. These experiences helped to broaden their horizons and expand their social networks. The 2021 Summer Internship Programme was yet another unforgettable experience for all interns. Let’s take a look at the video for their sharing and highlights of the programme!
About the Programme The HKFYG Leadership Institute will organise a brand-new training series - "Own My Path" Skills Transformation Training Programme. The programme aims to provide young people with future skills training and practical vocational experiences, so as to help them adapt to the new normal of the "gig economy" during the pandemic and thus enhance their career and financial prospects. By gaining insights from market experts and start-up entrepreneurs, as well as engaging in online self-learning, participants will be able to quickly boost their hard and soft skills, such as digital literacy, financial management, creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration, entrepreneurship, resilience, and growth mindset. As participants operate online stores and physical market stalls under supervision, they will get to enhance a variety of vocational skills, transform their core skills, learn to adjust their mentality, become more resilient, and broaden their career potential in an ever-changing economy, so as to foster long-term financial autonomy and prepare for the future. Target Participants Young people aged 18 to 35 (Tertiary students and Working youth) Online Application and Deadlines Phase 1 Application: On or before 23 October 2021Phase 2 Application: On or before 23 November 2021 >>Click here to apply now Please refer to the Programme website for more information.
There are a number of measures to support Hong Kong to strive ahead with renewed perseverance and plan for the future in the Policy Address 2021. We have summarised measures related to Youth Development and Innovation and Technology for your reference: Youth Development Invite the Youth Development Commission to explore the introduction of a new funding scheme to subsidise eligible NGOs to organise projects that are conducive to nurturing young people’s positive thinking Establish more effective channels to gauge the views of young people of different backgrounds in order to better meet their needs in areas such as education, career pursuits, housing, upward mobility and development of their potential Introduce measures, including the Funding Scheme for Youth Entrepreneurship in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) and the GBA Youth Employment Scheme, to support the development of Hong Kong young people in the Mainland, as well as support for enhancing various Mainland internship and exchange programmes Regularise the Member Self‑recommendation Scheme for Youth, under which young people aged between 18 and 35 are recruited on a regular basis to participate in government advisory committee For details on the measures related to Youth Development, please refer to the Facebook page of the Home Affairs Bureau. Innovation and Technology Develop the San Tin Technopole Strengthen the development of the Eastern Knowledge and Technology Corridor Build landmark Innovation and Technology (I&T) facilities in Lau Fau Shan Reserve land for The University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong for research use Start planning for the construction of the second Advanced Manufacturing Centre Set up an InnoLife Healthtech Hub in the Hong Kong‑Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park in the Lok Ma Chau Loop Set up a dedicated fund to encourage local researchers to participate in national research and development projects Explore collaboration between the Hospital Authority (HA) and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation on the use of the HA’s clinical data for research and development Continue to implement the Global STEM Professorship Scheme and other talent-nurturing schemes Establish incubator networks in the GBA campuses of Hong Kong universities Set up the GBA InnoAcademy Set up the GBA InnoExpress to to nurture start ups and support I&T enterprises to go global and attract foreign investment Explore the extension of the Immigration Arrangement for Non-local Graduates to cover graduates of Hong Kong universities’ GBA campuses so as to facilitate the flow of talents within the GBA Expand the Innovation and Technology Bureau into the Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau to support the development of re-industrialisation For details on the measures related to the I&T development so as to integrate into the national and GBA development, please refer to the Facebook page of the Innovation and Technology Bureau. After the delivery of Policy Address, the Innovation and Technology Bureau continued to engage stakeholders on the I&T initiatives, which some startups agreed that the measures would bring benefits to the I&T development in Hong Kong. Let’s take a look at the sharing video below to know more! (The video is in Chinese only) The Policy Address Supplement used more infographics to make the document more readable and listed out those ongoing and new initiatives. You may wish to refer to the following chapters of the Supplement - Chapter V - Unlimited Business OpportunitiesChapter VII - Nurturing TalentChapter VIII - Caring Society
Have no idea of your future career? Want to know more about the work of the Customs and Excise Department (C&ED)? Interested in joining related grades of the department? The youth programme "Customs YES" introduced by C&ED will certainly help! Diversified activities conducive to youth development Activities of "Customs YES" offer a unique and diversified learning experience for its youth members. Activities such as summer training camps, visits, workshops, exchange programmes, job orientation experience camps and internship programmes that feature a wide spectrum of Customs areas including intellectual property rights protection, revenue protection, narcotics interdiction, anti-smuggling, protection of consumer interests etc., are conducive to the development of members and can broaden their horizons. (Video with Chinese captions only) Be a member of Customs YES Become a Customs YES member to enjoy the amazing activities! The details of individual membership application are as follows: Target group: Young individuals aged between 12 and 24Fee: Free of chargeApplication methods: Submit an application online or by post. Click here for more details Please visit the programme website for more details and information.
Applied Learning (ApL) courses are valued elective subjects in senior secondary education. ApL offers studies with dual emphasis on practice and theory linked to broad professional and vocational fields. A flexible combination of ApL with core subjects, elective subjects and Other Learning Experiences helps provide holistic learning experiences with theoretical and applied learning opportunities catering for students’ diverse learning needs. The two short videos below feature two ApL graduates who studied the course "Medical Laboratory Science" and the course "Film and Videos" respectively. Through studying the ApL courses, the two students not only gained relevant knowledge of the respective fields but also identified their real interests, thereby building a solid foundation for further studies and career pursuits. They also shared their stories on how ApL had helped them pursue their further studies and realise their career aspirations step by step. [Applied Learning, Apply the Learning (1): Realising aspirations, Broadening horizons] (The video is in Cantonese) [Applied Learning, Apply the Learning (2): Equipping ourselves, Pursuing our dreams ] (The video is in Cantonese) For more information about Applied Learning, please visit the website of the Education Bureau.
To support youth employment and help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) weather the difficult time, St. James’ Settlement and Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited jointly introduced the “Futuremakers’ First Job Youth Employment and Subsidy Programme” in 2020. The programme encouraged SMEs to provide full time or short-term job opportunities for graduates by subsidising half of the wages of the youths employed. In 2021, the Standard Chartered Foundation donated another HK$5 million to launch the second phase of the programme. The maximum amount of subsidy is raised and participants will be guaranteed job interview opportunities under the new phase. SMEs would be able to identify suitable talents through the job matching platform, while Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (DSE), post-secondary and university graduates will be able to find job opportunities that suit their interests and abilities. Corporates will receive half of the wages of each youth hired or up to HK$39,000 each over a 6-month period. Participating youths will also be provided with training in job-seeking skills and employment as well as guaranteed interview opportunities within two weeks of joining the programme. The second phase of the programme is now accepting applications from 2019, 2020 or 2021 graduates. For more details, please visit the programme's website. If you have any enquiries, please call 2596 2569 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Social Welfare Department has launched the Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care Services (the Navigation Scheme) to provide opportunities of employment and training, including a two-year part-time course under government subsidy, for young people who are interested to work in the elderly and rehabilitation care services.Target TraineesThe target trainees are young people aged 17 to 29 who have completed Form 5 education or possess an equivalent qualification.Details of the Navigation SchemeTrainees participating in the Navigation Scheme will be arranged to take up care work in elderly or rehabilitation service units. The operating agencies shall arrange trainees to attend an orientation programme (including a first aid certificate course and personal care worker training) to equip them for entering the care sector. Besides, the elderly and rehabilitation service units offering job placements shall provide mentorship as well as employment guidance and support for trainees to facilitate their adaptation to the working environment.After taking up employment, trainees will be invited to attend a two-year part-time diploma course at a qualified training institute. The course fee will be processed on a reimbursement basis. Fees will be reimbursed to the trainees annually upon their successful completion of the course each year with a certificate issued by the training institute. Upon successful completion of the two-year part-time diploma course, trainees will be recognised for having a qualification at Qualification Framework Levels 3 or 4. For those who are interested in developing their career in the care service and meeting relevant eligibility criteria, they may, on the basis of their multi-skills qualification, pursue other training courses on their own initiative and move further up their career ladder in the social welfare care sector. Career ladder of the Navigation SchemeStep 1> Young people have completed Form 5 or possess an equivalent qualification joining the Navigation SchemeStep 2> Orientation Programme (including personal care training and first aid training)Step 3> Job Placement as Care Workers in the Service UnitStep 4> Two-year Part-time Diploma Course (including Health Worker Training Course in the first year)Step 5> Successfully registered as Health Workers on completion of the first-year study and promoted to Health WorkerStep 6> Two-year Part-time Diploma Course (including relevant health care/multi-skills trainings in the second year)Step 7> Upon completion of the Two-year Part-time Diploma Course, trainees possessing the relevant qualification pursue other training courses / move further up their career ladder in the social welfare care sector How to applyYoung people interested to join the Navigation Scheme may contact the operating agencies listed below.Caritas - Hong Kong Telephone: 3589 2268 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgEvangelical Lutheran Church Social Service - Hong KongTelephone: 2467 7040 / 5115 4177 E-mail: email@example.com Haven of Hope Christian Service Telephone: 2643 3365 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tung Wah Group of HospitalsTelephone: 3525 1218 / 6177 3404 E-mail: email@example.comYang Memorial Methodist Social Service Telephone: 2609 1855 / 6239 5584 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Enquiry For further enquiries about details of the Navigation Scheme, please contact 2892 5560 (from Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm, except public holidays) or send email to email@example.com. For details, please visit the website of Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care Services of Social Welfare Department.