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Metrology Around Us - Metrology Symposium 2021

Metrology is the science of measurement. It covers all theoretical and practical aspects of measurements, whatever the fields and applications. In the modern society, every aspect of our life will inevitably involve metrology. For example, our mobile phones are full of sensors to measure acceleration, rotational speed, light, sound and even altitude and magnetic field. Your smart watch can measure your heart rate and blood oxygen level besides telling you the time. You purchase food from the supermarket and numerous tests have been conducted on them by analysts behind the scene. Also, in time of pandemics, metrology has come to our defense. In this symposium, we have selected several interesting topics around our daily life to share how metrology plays its role. Taking this opportunity, the recent development in the transformation of the International System of Units (SI) to the digital world led by the International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM) will also be reported in this symposium.

Main round of Electronic Advance Application System for Post-secondary Programmes (E-APP) starts!

Electronic Advance Application System for Post-secondary Programmes (E-APP) is a one-stop online application system for post-secondary programmes developed by the Education Bureau.Candidates sitting for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) in the current academic year may lodge advance applications for full-time locally-accredited sub-degree and undergraduate programmes (including sub-degree programmes under the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors and most of the eligible programmes under the Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme for Self-financing Undergraduate Studies in Hong Kong) that are not covered by the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) via the E-APP before the release of HKDSE results.Does E-APP charge any fee?E-APP does not charge any fee. Institutions may, however, require an application fee according to their own admission arrangement.What is the difference between the main round and second round of application under E-APP?Application for both rounds of E-APP will be passed to respective institutions for processing. In general, institutions will first process applications that are submitted on or before the deadline for E-APP main round application, i.e. 23 May 2021.Will my JUPAS application be affected if I use E-APP?No. E-APP and JUPAS are two separate application systems. Your JUPAS application will not be affected if you also use E-APP. Participating InstitutionsAs at November 2020, there are 25 institutes participating in the Electronic Advance Application System for Post-secondary Programmes. (Please contact individual institutions or visit the E-APP website for more details on application fee and payment methods.) Caritas Bianchi College of Careers  Enquiry Number: 37024388 Caritas Institute of Higher EducationEnquiry Number: 37024388 Chu Hai College of Higher Education Enquiry Number: 29727200 City University of Hong Kong - School of Continuing and Professional Education Enquiry Number: 34427423 Gratia Christian College Enquiry Number: 58044143 HKCT Institute of Higher Education Enquiry Number: 22656993 The University of Hong Kong - The University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE) and HKU SPACE Community College  Enquiry Number: The University of Hong Kong - The University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE): 29107611 HKU SPACE Community College: 34166338 HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College Enquiry Number: 39237000 Hong Kong Art School (a division of Hong Kong Arts Centre) Enquiry Number: 37024388 Hong Kong Baptist University College of International Education、School of Continuing Education and Academy of Film  Enquiry Number: College of International Education: 34113240 School of Continuing Education: 34115000  Academy of Film 34113240 Hong Kong College of Technology  Enquiry Number: 29261222 Hong Kong Institute of Technology  Enquiry Number: 27822433 Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education Enquiry Number: 39961000 /39961001 Hong Kong Shue Yan University Enquiry Number: 25707110 Lingnan Institute of Further Education  Enquiry Number: 26168247 /26168274 The Chinese University of Hong Kong - School of Continuing and Professional Studies Enquiry Number: 22090290 The Education University of Hong Kong (self-financing programmes only)Enquiry Number: 29486886 The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong Enquiry Number: 39635555 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Hong Kong Community College Enquiry Number: 37460123 The Open University of Hong Kong - Li Ka Shing School of Professional and Continuing Education Enquiry Number: 31209988 Tung Wah College  Enquiry Number: 31906673 UOW College Hong Kong  Enquiry Number: 27074669 /27079440 Vocational Training Council - Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) /Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) /Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong Enquiry Number: 28976111 Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education  Enquiry Number: 39779877 YMCA College of Careers Enquiry Number: 27833500 /27833509  

Construction Industry Outstanding Young Person - Tenacity through adversity

The Intermediate Tradesman Collaborative Training Scheme (ITCTS) follows "First-hire-then-train" approach. Trainees are first employed by the employer, then they will receive an initial training provided by the CIC with up to HK$10,200/month allowance. After the initial training, trainees will undergo on-site training provided by the employer. During on-site training period, trainees can get at least HK$13,400 monthly salary. At the end of training, trainees are required to take the relevant Intermediate Trade Test (ITT) / Certification Test provided by the CIC. Trainees who pass the ITT / Certification Test will be awarded a one-off bonus of HK$10,000. Mode of Training- Initial training provided by CIC- On-site training provided by the employerEntry Requirement- Aged 18 or above; and- Hong Kong residents and have permit to work in Hong Kong; and- For those who have not taken the below courses within one year:(i) Full-time Short Course/Enhanced Construction Manpower Training Scheme (ECMTS) offered by Construction Industry Council (CIC) or Hong Kong Institute of Construction (HKIC);or(ii) Other full-time training courses offered by CIC or HKIC or other training bodies funded by CIC or HKIC;or- For those who have not taken CIC’s or HKIC's Technician programmes within two years.- To ensure the optimal use of training places, holders of trade test or intermediate trade test qualification are not eligible to participate in the Scheme of relevant trades.Employers may have other requirements. The applicant may consult the employer directly.Enquiry: 2100 9000 For details, please visit Construction Industry Council website or the Year 2021 Recruitment Day Schedule for "Intermediate Tradesman Collaborative Training Scheme" (ITCTS).   Here below is the sharing of students from Hong Kong Institute of Construction. (The video is broadcasted in Cantonese)

[Life Planning Living A Real Me] Jayson TANG, Executive Chef

Cooking is the hobby of a lot of people. But when it comes to career planning, have you ever thought of becoming a chef?Determined to be a chef since childhood, Mr Jayson TANG enrolled in a professional training programme, worked hard and successfully turned his interest into career.  Now he is the Executive Chef of a hotel in Hong Kong. He has succeeded in turning his interest into a career. He said frankly that when a person is passionate about his work, he will not find it difficult.  Vice-Chairperson of Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters, Mr HO Chun Yan advised young people that when they plan for their future career path, they should set short-term and medium-term goals. After joining the workforce, both continuing studies and work experience are important.Let us take a look at his story. Example of related training and courses for Chef Higher Diploma / Associate Degree- Hong Kong Culinary Academy - Advanced Diploma in Hotel Culinary Management- Hong Kong College of Technology - Higher Diploma in Tourism Management (Culinary) Bachelor Degree- Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong - Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Culinary Arts and Management For more information about Chef or other careers information, please visit EDB Life Planning Information website.

What are the 4 restrictions during the probationary driving period?

Probationary driving licence holders are :1. Required to display "P" plate at the front and rear of the vehicle they are driving  (in the case of a private car or light goods vehicle, display of the “P” plate on the windscreens is also acceptable, but the “P” plate must be displayed on the left-hand side of the windscreens);Justification: For identification and enforcement purposes. Also help reminding other drivers to be cautious about and patient with the novice drivers.2. Not allowed to carry any passenger on the motor cycle or motor tricycle they are driving;Justification: Since novice drivers of motor cycles and motor tricycles are prone to accidents, it is reasonable not to allow them to carry any passenger (the vehicle control is different when carrying passengers).3. Not allowed to drive their vehicles at a speed in excess of 70 km/h, even if they are driving on roads with speed limit above 70 km/h; and Justification: It is not desirable for novice drivers to drive at a high speed which would incur greater accident risk.4. Not allowed to drive their vehicles on the offside lane of expressways where there are 3 or more traffic lanes. Justification: To accord with the maximum speed of 70 For more details, please visit the Transport Department website

Futuremakers' First Job youth employment and subsidy programme

To support youth employment and help SMEs weather the difficult time, St. James’ Settlement and Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited are jointly introducing the “Futuremakers’ First Job” youth employment and subsidy programme, which offers half-rate subsidy to SMEs in various sectors for providing full-time or short-term job vacancies.  Through the brand new job-matching mobile application, the programme aims at helping DSE, post-secondary and university graduates of the current year to land on a suitable job and, thus, promote youth employment.With funding of HK$5 million by the Standard Chartered Foundation, the programme offers a wage subsidy up to HK$30,000 over a period of 6 months to each enrolled SME for each youth being hired, so as to alleviate employers’ financial burden. In addition, the programme provides a 3-day pre-employment training to the young job seekers to prepare them for their first job. The relevant quotas have all been filled and subsidy application has been closed officially.  Besides, the job-matching function in the mobile application (Futuremakers' Employer & Futuremakers’ First Job) was suspended until further notice.  If you are interested in the second phase of the programme, please stay tuned for updates on Facebook page of St. James' Settlement - Official and mobile application (Futuremakers' Employer & Futuremakers’First Job). For enquiries, please contact staff of the programme at 9125 9752. (The video is broadcasted in Cantonese)

Work Trial Scheme: Allowance provided for work trials?

Work Trial Scheme (the Scheme) aim to enhance the employability of job seekers who have difficulties in finding jobs through one-month (30 days) full-time or part-time work trial.The Scheme- Scheme participants will be arranged to work in real jobs for one month (30 days) offered by participating organisations.- During the work trial period, there is no employment relationship between the participant and the participating organisation.- Participating organisation should provide on-the-job training for the participant and appoint a mentor to coach the participant during the work trial period.- On completion of the one-month (30 days) full-time work trial, each participant will receive an allowance of up to $8,300 while the allowance for part-time work trial participant will be calculated at $49 per hour, of which $500 is contributed by the participating organisation.- The Labour Department will take out insurance for Scheme participants.Service sector is most supportiveFeedback from employers is encouraging. Among others, the service sector is most supportive towards the Scheme, followed by the import and export industry and the retail industry. As for the work trial posts offered, most of them are clerical support workers, elementary occupations and associate professionals. As at 31 December 2019, over 5,800 job seekers have been placed into work trials. Among those participants who have completed the one-month work trial, over 75% of them are offered employment. With effect from 1 May 2019, the amount of full-time work trial allowance has been increased from $7,600 to $8,300. The Scheme is also extended to cover part-time posts with the amount of part-time work trial allowance calculated at $49 per hour.For enquiries, please contact the Work Trial Scheme Co-ordinating Office hotline at 2152 2090 or visit the Labour Department website.

New Graduates-New Opportunities Scheme

The Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Association launches the New Graduates-New Opportunities Scheme and provides university graduates with over 2 000 posts lasting for at least 6 months through its local member enterprises. TargetHong Kong residents holding bachelor degrees or above awarded by local institutions or institutions outside Hong Kong in 2019 to 2021. For participating organisation and vacancy details, please visit the website of Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Association at http://job.hkcea.com/ EnquiriesPhone: 2296 8681 / 2296 8680Email: hr@hkcea.com

2020 Policy Address - Striving Ahead with Renewed Perseverance

Following 2019's social unrest and amid the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, there are a number of measures to support Hong Kong to strive ahead with renewed perseverance in the Policy Address 2020. We have made reference to the "Highlights - Striving Ahead with Renewed Perseverance" leaflet and summarised measures related to education, entrepreneurship and career pursuit for your reference: Quality Education Enhance moral, civic and national education, as well as strengthen education on the Constitution, the Basic Law and national security Reform the liberal studies subject in the senior secondary curriculum Enhance the training of teachers upon appointment, during service and before promotion to enhance their quality Set aside $2 billion under the Quality Education Fund to launch a three-year programme to support e-learning and to ensure that students from disadvantaged families will enjoy equal learning opportunities Support the provision of new teaching facilities and a student hostel for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Youth Development Launch the Funding Scheme for Youth Entrepreneurship in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), under which subsidies will be provided for about 200 youth start-ups, and earmark $100 million under the Youth Development Fund for this purpose Launch the GBA Youth Employment Scheme under which enterprises operating business in both Hong Kong and the GBA Mainland cities will be provided with subsidies to recruit and deploy local university graduates to work in the GBA Mainland cities with a quota of 2 000 Creating Employment In addition to providing about 10 000 civil service job openings and creating about 30 000 time-limited jobs under the second round of the Anti-epidemic Fund (of which over 11 000 jobs are suitable for university graduates) this financial year, the Government will create more sector-specific job opportunities, covering environmental protection, construction and engineering, innovation and technology, property management, legal, creative industries, etc., for young people graduating in recent years Provide 20 000 places with training allowance under the Employees Retraining Board's new tranche of the Love Upgrading Special Scheme to be implemented in January 2021 for six months International Innovation and Technology Hub Jointly develop the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Co-operation Zone with Shenzhen, and explore with Shenzhen government the idea of allowing the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation to lease and manage certain areas of the Innovation and Technology Zone in Futian, Shenzhen, before the completion of the first batch of research and development (R&D) buildings in the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park at the Lok Ma Chau Loop Launch a five-year Global STEM Professorship Scheme at a cost of $2 billion to attract outstanding R&D talent from overseas to engage in R&D work in Hong Kong Release the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong 2.0 in December 2020 with more than 130 smart city initiatives Launch the iAM Smart one-stop service platform in December 2020 for the delivery of a number of government and public utility electronic services   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

Construction Industry Outstanding Young Person - Tenacity through adversity

Construction Industry Council organises the “Construction Industry Outstanding Young Person Award 2021”  (CIOYPA) with the aims to recognize and honour the achievements of young practitioners who have excelled themselves in their own career, and also contribute to the betterment of the construction industry and the community at large. It is believed that the Award will inspire fellow practitioners and young people as a whole to strive for excellence and pursuing accomplishment, thereby making Hong Kong a better home.The Award will recognise outstanding practitioners engaged in the 3 major categories in the construction industry.- Design and Management (e.g. Engineer, Architect, Planner, Surveyor, Safety Officer, Supervisor, etc.)- Frontline Construction Personnel (Registered Construction Workers, e.g. Registered Skilled Worker, Registered Semi-skilled worker etc.)- Business, Academic and Others (People who engage in business operations, e.g. Developers, Contractors, Subcontractors, Suppliers; OR People who engage in academic activities, e.g. Professors, Instructors etc.) *Please visit their official website for details. Tenacity through adversity - Outstanding Young Person Award WinnersIn time of unpredicatable epidemic, CIOYPA Winners have empowered people and changed their operation modes to combat the epidemic.Expert Decorator - Mr. Will KWOKFrontline Construction Personnel     (The videos are broadcasted in Cantonese) In addition to being a talented painter, Will is also great at putting together complex machinery. During the coronavirus epidemic, he did his part for society by leading a team of colleagues to help a local mask manufacturer set up a production line. Truly an inspiration!   Senior Project Manager - Cr Michael WONGDesign and Management     Although construction progress has slowed to a crawl, Michael knows as a Project Manager, it is now more important than ever to protect the health of his employees, bring leadership, and to never abandon one’s spirit for self-improvement. For details, please visit the Construction Industry Council website.

(YETP) One-month Workplace Attachment Training

Before getting a job and living a work life, you can try one-month Workplace Attachment Training. One-month trainingTo provide trainees with an opportunity to gain valuable experience in a real working environment, develop a positive work attitude and good work habits, polish interpersonal skills and gain insightful knowledge about different industries through a one-month Workplace Attachment Training (WPA). It would also enable youngsters to discover their own potential and unearth employment opportunities.Attachment opportunities will be offered by the private, public and social service sectors. Each trainee will undergo WPA training in a host organisation for ONE month and there is no employment relationship between the host organisation and the trainee. The attachment hours should be between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., 4 to 5 working days per week, 6 to 8 working hours per day (excluding meal break), and not less than 30 working hours per week.Upon completion of each WPA training with an attendance rate of 80% or above, trainees may receive a "WPA certificate" issued by the host organisations as a token of recognition and apply for an allowance from the Programme Office through the host organisations. The amount of such allowance is $5,800 for WPA training with effect from 1 January 2020.The Programme Office will take out insurance for participating trainees covering personal injuries and accidents, and third-party liabilities.The Programme Office encourages host organisations to offer an employment to trainees who have completed the WPA with satisfactory performance through YETP’s full time or part-time on-the-job training of 6 to 12 months. >>>Workplace Attachment Search For enquiries, please call 2112 9932(Press 2-1-3) or visit YETP website.

Relaxation of Eligibility Requirements for Commercial Vehicle Driving Licences

To alleviate the shortage problem of commercial vehicle drivers and facilitate the supply of new blood for commercial vehicle trades, the Government has amended the relevant regulations to shorten the period required to hold a private car (PC) or light goods vehicle (LGV) full driving licence before a person may apply for a commercial vehicle driving licence. After implementation of the measures, for an applicant:(1) who has completed the one-year probationary driving period for a PC or LGV, he/she will be eligible to apply for a learner's or full driving licence to drive a commercial vehicle immediately upon obtaining a full driving licence for the corresponding vehicle type (i.e. PC or LGV), instead of having held the PC or LGV licence for at least two years; or (2) to whom such a probationary driving period for a PC or LGV is not applicable, he/she will be eligible to apply for a learner's or full driving licence to drive a commercial vehicle after having held a full driving licence for a PC or LGV for at least one year, instead of having held the PC or LGV licence for at least three years. Other eligibility requirements (such as aged 21 or above and not being convicted of any specified serious traffic offence) remain unchanged. For more details, please visit the Transport Department website

2020 Internship Experience at the Efficiency Office

The Efficiency Office (EffO) collaborates with post-secondary institutions to offer summer internships from June to August 2020 for students to work with various teams at EffO through the “Post-Secondary Student Summer Internship Programme”, thereby helping the students better understand the operations of the Government and the public sector and gain experience for future development. Interns of the latest programme provided assistance and gained experience in various scopes of work such as, information collection and analysis for the “Be the Smart Regulator” Programme; fact-finding and information analysis for the “Streamlining of Government Services” Programme; support to the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) Task Force Secretariat, as well as the publicity and marketing work for the SIE Fund; content production work for the Youth.gov.hk and social media platforms; and preparation for the Education and Careers Expo etc. The Youth.gov.hk Editorial Team cordially invited the interns to share their experience and reflection about their beginning of work life. Let’s take a look at the animated video “Interns Dictionary” below and listen to the sharing from the interns regarding the learning outcomes of their internship journey! Interns Dictionary

HKSTP Launches “InnoAcademy” and “Technology Leaders of Tomorrow” Programme to Drive I&T Development

Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP)  announced on 7 October 2020 the launch of “HKSTP InnoAcademy”, which is dedicated to the continuous nurturing of young technology talent to inspire and drive success in Hong Kong’s innovation and technology (I&T) industry. HKSTP InnoAcademy aims to boost Hong Kong’s I&T competitiveness with a sustained series of programmes, including training and value-added support to upskill technology talent from various sectors into future leaders. Today also marks the inauguration of eight high-potential talents from the first cohort of HKSTP InnoAcademy’s signature “Technology Leaders of Tomorrow” (TLT) programme, as they embark on an extensive 26-month journey within the Hong Kong Science Park ecosystem.   Since enrolment began in July, the TLT programme received an overwhelming response with over 600 applications from graduates in Hong Kong and across the globe, which are the world’s top 50 universities in 2020. Among the many applicants, 60% of them were holders of a Master’s degree or PhD, majoring in Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Information Technology or Data Science. “Our mission at HKSTP InnoAcademy is to build the ideal I&T breeding ground to nurture future technology leaders and pioneers. With HKSTP’s extensive ecosystem, we will work with our partners to develop forward-looking learning and training programmes tailored to young graduates and mid-level professionals.” HKSTP InnoAcademy will focus on developing young talent across HKSTP’s strategic technology areas, including Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Biomedical Technology, Data and Smart City and FinTech, as well as establishing partnerships and connections with key industry leaders, training providers and tertiary education institutions. The continuous learning approach provides talent with multiple career pathways to join the I&T industry, while supporting future skills acquisition. TLT Programme Offers Diverse Opportunities The eight selected talents from the first cohort of the TLT programme will first enter a two-month HKSTP internship and enjoy valuable exposure to Hong Kong’s leading I&T ecosystem. From there, each talent will take a 24-month full-time R&D role at one of HKSTP’s partner companies for continued career mentoring and development. Beyond the current TLT programme, InnoAcademy will continue to roll out an extensive range of talent development and training initiatives, in collaboration with major academic and industry partners to unleash the potential of young graduates and equip them to become a driving force in the future of Hong Kong’s I&T sector. Please visit https://innoacademy.hkstp.org/ for more information on InnoAcademy and the TLT programme.

Things to know when you want a Driving License (Motor Cycle & Motor Tricycle)

Basic Requirements- You have to be at least 18 years old.- You are physically fit to drive.- If you have any physical disabilities, you may have to attend the driving ability assessment before applying for a driving test.Taking a Driving Test 1. You should pass the written test (Part A Test) on the Road Users' Code, and have to enroll with a designated driving school for a mandatory training course for acquiring the basic knowledge and skills to manoeuvre a motor cycle, before taking the competence test (Part B Test).2. To apply for a motor cycle learner's driving licence within two years after passing the Competence Test (Part B Test). (If you have applied for motor cycle driving tests on or before 1 January 1990, you can obtain approval from the Transport Department for exemption of the competence test.)3. After passing the competence test (Part B Test), you can make a road test (Part C Test) appointment either by yourself or through a designated driving school.4. If you want to take a driving test, you have to apply for a driving test form in order to make a driving test appointment.For the basic requirements of the Test, and the protective helmet requirements, please refer to the Guide to Motor Cycle & Motor Tricycle Driving Test. If you are a repeater, you can make your appointment online. Learn to DriveNo matter which alternative you choose, make sure you receive sufficient training and possess basic driving skills and enough on-road experience before taking driving tests. For learner drivers without any driving experience, it is recommended at least 30 hours of driver training before taking the test.Learner drivers could receive driver training through one of the following ways:1. Government Designated Driving SchoolsClick here for information about Government Designated Driving Schools2. Private Driving InstructorsYou can also receive driver training from private driving instructors. A list of private driving instructors is posted at our Driving Test Appointment Office. Besides, the contact lists of Private Driving Instructors published by Transport Department can be viewed here. In addition, some private organisations together with private driving instructors set up private driving schools with various sizes. Such private driving schools would also organize driver training courses to public.Government designated driving schools, private driving instructors and private driving schools offer different kinds of driver training courses in the market. Learner drivers should consider the following before they decide to join any course:1. contents of the training courses2. restrictions on training courses with special offers3. prices of the courses and their total training hours4. reputation of the driving instructors or the driving schools5. advice and recommendations from friends and other driving licence holdersApply for a Driving LicenseOnce you have passed your driving tests, you can approach the Licensing Office of the Transport Department after 7 working days but not exceeding 3 years from the date of passing the driving test to apply for a probationary driving licence. You have to complete a mandatory 12-month probationary driving period before you can apply for a full driving licence.For more details, please visit the Guidebook for Driving License.

Things to know when you want a Driving License (Private Car and Light Goods Vehicle)

Basic Requirements- You have to be at least 18 years old.- You are physically fit to drive.- If you have any physical disabilities, you may have to attend the driving ability assessment before applying for a driving test.Taking a Driving TestDriving test requirements:1. Written test (Part A Test) - The questions of the Part A Written Test are based on the "Road Users' Code". Candidates need to be conversant with the code before taking the test.  2. Road test (Part B Test and Part C Test) - Driving observations for candidates: Preparation Before Moving Off; Driving Manoeuvres and Control of Speed; Judging Car Distance; Overtaking; Hazard Recognition; Roundabouts and Junctions; Traffic Signs / Traffic Lights and the Directions of Authorized; Traffic Controllers; Traffic Lanes; The Stopping Rule; Reversing and Parking Manoeuvres; Turnabout In A Narrow Road. Guide to Private Car and Light Goods Vehicle Driving Test.Learn to DriveNo matter which alternative you choose, make sure you receive sufficient training and possess basic driving skills and enough on-road experience before taking driving tests. For learner drivers without any driving experience, it is recommended at least 30 hours of driver training before taking the test.Learner drivers could receive driver training through one of the following ways:1. Government Designated Driving SchoolsClick here for information about Government Designated Driving Schools2. Private Driving InstructorsYou can also receive driver training from private driving instructors. A list of private driving instructors is posted at our Driving Test Appointment Office. Besides, the contact lists of Private Driving Instructors published by Transport Department can be viewed here. In addition, some private organisations together with private driving instructors set up private driving schools with various sizes. Such private driving schools would also organize driver training courses to public.Government designated driving schools, private driving instructors and private driving schools offer different kinds of driver training courses in the market. Learner drivers should consider the following before they decide to join any course:1. contents of the training courses2. restrictions on training courses with special offers3. prices of the courses and their total training hours4. reputation of the driving instructors or the driving schools5. advice and recommendations from friends and other driving licence holdersApply for a Driving LicenseOnce you have passed your driving tests, you can approach the Licensing Office of the Transport Department after 7 working days but not exceeding 3 years from the date of passing the driving test to apply for a probationary driving licence. You have to complete a mandatory 12-month probationary driving period before you can apply for a full driving licence.For more details, please visit the Guidebook for Driving License.

YETP's Enhancement Measures: Providing Retention Allowance

Providing Retention Allowance On a pilot basis, the Labour Department is providing a retention allowance from 1 September 2020 to young people who have participated in the Youth Employment and Training Programme (YETP) to encourage them to undergo and complete on-the-job training (OJT), thereby stabilising employment. The pilot scheme will run for three years during which trainees will be offered a retention allowance of $3,000 if they are engaged in full-time OJT for 3 months. Thereafter, they will receive an additional allowance of $1,000 for completion of each subsequent month until the end of the 6 to 12-month OJT period. For part-time posts, the respective amounts payable will be halved. Subject to the length of the OJT period, the maximum amount of the retention allowance an eligible trainee may receive under the pilot scheme is $12,000. Increasing On-the-job Training Allowance In addition, from 1 September 2020, the maximum amount of the OJT allowance payable to employers for engaging a trainee under the YETP is increased from $4,000 to $5,000 per month for a period of 6 to 12 months with a view to further encouraging employers to hire young people. For details, please refer to the website of YETP of the Labour Department.

Career Development in Testing and Certification Sector

Have you thought about working in a profession that could help uphold the quality of people’s lives?  Are you interested in a career that would enable you to get in touch with a wide range of industries?  The group of professionals in Hong Kong working in the testing and certification sector are safeguarding the safety and quality of products and services for different industries.  With the community’s growing need for testing and certification services, the sector has a keen demand for talent.  Pursuing a career in testing and certification will bring you a wide range of opportunities. If you would like to know more about the testing and certification sector, come visit the Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification (HKCTC)’s website.  The website provides a series of brochures and videos introducing the work exposure, relevant studies and career prospects of the sector.  A number of testing and certification practitioners are also sharing their experiences and stories.  Don’t miss the chance to explore the ample opportunities offered by the sector!

What financial assistance are available for Diploma Yi Jin students?

Full-time or Part-time Diploma Yi Jin students can obtain 30%, 50% or 100% reimbursement of the tuition fees paid if they fulfill the prescribed eligibility criteria after the end of each school year. In the 2020/21 school year, full-time DYJ students who pass the means test administrated by the Student Finance Office (SFO) and are assessed as eligible for full or half level of assistance will also be disbursed with the flat-rate academic expense grant automatically. Separate application is not required. The amount of flat-rate academic expense grant is on par with the flat-rate grant receivable by primary and secondary students under the School Textbook Assistance Scheme. Eligibility[Reimbursement of 30% Tuition Fees Paid]Both full-time and part-time eligible DYJ students will receive reimbursement of 30% of the tuition fees paid for each satisfactorily completed subject, provided that they attained an overall pass in the subject and achieved 80% attendance or above for the subject as confirmed by the institutions.The subjects must be essential for the completion of the DYJ programme, and under the programme a student can only receive tuition fee reimbursement for a maximum of 8 subjects.The reimbursement is subject-based. Students who have failed in individual subjects are still eligible for tuition fee reimbursement for the other subjects in respect of which they have attained an overall pass.[Full/Half Fee Reimbursement]To further assist needy DYJ students who meet the criteria described above, 50% or 100% reimbursement of the tuition fees paid for each satisfactorily completed subject will be made, provided that the student has:1. passed the means test;2. obtained an Eligibility Certificate (EC) issued by the SFO indicating that he / she is eligible for "FULL" or "HALF" level of assistance; and3. submitted the completed EC to his / her institution for verification of the student’s enrolment information.Application Deadline - In general, the SFO will not accept any Household Application for Student Financial Assistance Schemes for the 2020/21 school year submitted on or after 1 March 2021.- If applicants need to apply for fee reimbursement on or after 1 March 2021 for their children attending part-time DYJ courses commencing during the period from 1 March 2021 to 31 May 2021, they should approach relevant institutions for details of the application procedures and the deadlines. They should also submit application documents to the institutions, for onward submission to the SFO for processing. Please visit Student Finance Officer website for details.

DSE Way out: Vocational and Professional Education and Training

Students may apply vocational and training programmes after the DSE. Some other education providers offer various vocational and professional education and training programmes for them, allowing them to devise their own pathways according to their abilities and aspirations. The course providers will adopt flexibility to meet with the demands of students. Hong Kong Institute of Construction - Certificate in Construction (For S3 or above)  - Diploma in Construction (For S6 graduates)  - Advanced Diploma (For DSE students)  - Full-time Short Courses Clothing Industry Training Authority- Certificate/ Diploma/ Professional Diploma Programmes Employees Retraining Board (ERB) - Manpower Development Scheme (Placement-tied Courses, Generic Skills Training Courses and Youth Training Courses)HKPC Academy - Training ProgrammeSocial Welfare Department - Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care ServicesVocational Training Council - Diploma  - Diploma of Vocational Education  - Diploma of Foundation Studies  - Earn & Learn Scheme Labour Department - Youth Employment and Training Progamme (YETP)  - Youth Employment Start (Y.E.S.)  

What DSE result is required for entering local Universities/Sub-Degree Programmes?

Entrance requirements for undergraduate programmesStudents taking the HKDSE have to attain a minimum of level 3 for Chinese Language and English Language and level 2 for Mathematics and Liberal Studies (i.e. “3322”), in order to meet the minimum requirements necessary to apply for the 4-year undergraduate programmes offered by the University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded institutions. Apart from the four core subjects, institutions will also set the requirements for one or two elective subjects, and other admission requirements. For the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and self-financing institutions, general admission requirements regarding the core subjects are the same as the UGC-funded sector. For elective subjects, the general requirement is level 2 in one subject. Details of the admission requirements could be found at the JUPAS website and the tertiary institutions websites. UGC-funded InstitutionsCity University of Hong KongHong Kong Baptist UniversityLingnan UniversityThe Chinese University of Hong KongThe Education University of Hong KongThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityThe Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyThe University of Hong Kong Self-financing Post-secondary InstitutionsCaritas Bianchi College of CareersCaritas Institute of Community EducationCaritas Institute of Higher Education (formerly known as Caritas Francis Hsu College)Centennial CollegeChu Hai College of Higher EducationCity University of Hong Kong, School of Continuing and Professional EducationHong Kong Shue Yan UniversityVocational Training CouncilOpen University of Hong KongThe Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Entrance requirements for Sub-Degree ProgrammesThe Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education has recommended that the general minimum entrance requirement, as set under the updated Common Descriptors for sub-degree programmes (including associate degree programmes and higher diploma programmes), should be level 2 obtained in five subjects (including Chinese Language and English Language) in the HKDSE or equivalent. The Vocational Training Council also adopts the same minimum entrance requirements for their higher diploma programmes. Details of the admission requirements are as follows: Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education. Please visit HKEAA website for more details.

DSE way out: Enrol the Nurse Training Programmes

The Nursing Council of Hong Kong has set out the minimum entry requirements for applicants with HKDSE Examination results for receiving 3-year pre-registration or 2-year pre-enrolment nursing programmes。For 3-year preregistration nursing programmes, the minimum entry requirement is Level 3 for Chinese Language and English Language, and Level 2 for Mathematics, Liberal Studies and one Senior Secondary subject in the HKDSE Examination.For 2-year preenrolment nursing programmes, the minimum entry requirement is Level 2 in five subjects, including Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and two other Senior Secondary subjects or Applied Learning subjects (“Attained”) in the HKDSE Examination. Individual training institutions (List of Gazetted Registered Nurse Training Schools, as at 29 March 2019 / List of Gazetted Enrolled Nurse Training Schools, as at 18 December 2018) may set their own entry requirements and admission policy for nurse training, provided that the required standards meet the minimum educational standard set by the Council. Students may note further information to be provided by individual institutions in due course. For details, please visit the website of the Nursing Council of Hong Kong.

DSE Way out: Has the HKDSE been recognised globally?

Has the HKDSE been recognised globally for admission purpose at tertiary institutions worldwide? The HKDSE qualification has gained wide recognition among various end-users, including the HKSAR government, which is the biggest employer, local tertiary institutions, as well as overseas authorities and governments, including Canada, US, UK, Australia, Europe and South East Asia. More than 280 tertiary institutions worldwide have indicated their acceptance of students with HKDSE qualification and overseas universities/institutions will continue to provide feedback. Students can apply directly to overseas universities or institutions using their HKDSE Examination results. >>>Details about the general admission requirements for HKDSE from different universities/ institutions>>>Updated information about the recognition of HKDSESome of the Mainland universities have admitted Hong Kong students on the strength of their HKDSE Examination results and exempted them from the Joint Entrance Examination for Universities in the People’s Republic of China. Starting from 2012, universities in Taiwan have also waived the Overseas Joint College Entrance Examination for Hong Kong students and consider their admissions on the strength of their HKDSE results.While submitting applications for admissionStudents intending to pursue university, foundation courses, commercial, technical or other courses in the Mainland / outside Hong Kong are reminded to collect in-depth information before submitting their applications. Students can access reference materials1 about non-local further studies on the Life Planning Information Website of Education Bureau. Besides, students may seek relevant information from the respective Consulates or Commissions of the countries concerned. Students are also advised to stay vigilant while submitting applications for admission, especially when it involves depositing a large amount of down-payment as registration or tuition fees.Authorised agencies for entering the Mainland placesAt present, the only organisations authorised to provide immigration facilities to enter the Mainland / places outside Hong Kong are China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Ltd. / the respective immigration services or Consulates in Hong Kong. Students should note that even if a visa is granted after making a payment to the travel agencies or other agencies, it does not imply that there is any connection between the two parties. Therefore, students should not get misled to believe that places of overseas education programmes or courses in the Mainland are secured after making payments to such agencies, or they have to bear the risks and loss so incurred. For enquiries, please contact the Career Guidance Section at 3698 4126.

DSE Way out: Ten things that you should know before enrolling non-local Courses in HK

Many Instituions launch non-local degree programmes in Hong Kong, include first-year bachelor's degree programmes and top-up degree programmes. The number of places offered will be flexible to cater for demand. Below are ten points that you should pay attention to.1. Choose courses which are registered or exempted;2. Verify the registration/exemption status of the courses by checking the lists of registered and exempted courses at this site or making enquiries to the Non-local Courses Registry's hotlines (Tel: 2520 0255, 2520 0559);3. Take notice that an advertisement of a registered course should bear the registration number of the course. For an exempted course, it should be stated clearly that the course is an exempted course. In addition, all advertisements of registered courses or exempted courses should contain the statement which reads "It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead";4. Not to pay any fee or charge before it is sure that the course is registered or exempted under the Ordinance;5. Check the payment arrangements and refund policy before making payment;6. Obtain receipts from the course operator when making payment, and the receipts should contain details such as name of the operator, name of the course and the service(s) paid for, amount of the fees/charges, etc.; 7. Keep all receipts and course information issued by the course operator since some of them may serve as a contract with the operator.8. The registration or exemption of a non-local course under the Ordinance does not carry with it any indication or implication whatsoever that this confers any particular standing to the course or comparability to a local degree programme. The recognition of any qualification for employment purposes is a matter within the discretion of individual employers.9. If the course you are interested in is delivered in distance learning mode which does not require to be registered, you are strongly advised to check with the course provider/operator on the course details, in particular the qualification to be obtained, the payment arrangements and refund policy before making payment.10. Understand that some of the courses on the list of registered/exempted non-local courses are locally accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications under the Qualifications Framework and listed in the Qualifications Register. For more details, please visit Education Bureau website.

Study sponsorships open to nurture young arborists and tree workers

Amongst different jobs in the arboriculture and horticulture industry, arborists and frontline tree workers, who are respectively responsible for tree inspection and various tree work, are the two most important and needed ones. The quality of our tree management work hinges on the service performance of these professionals. To encourage more people, especially youngsters, to join the industry as arborists and tree workers, the Study Sponsorship Scheme provides financial incentives, i.e. sponsorship and scholarship, to encourage eligible students and practitioners to undertake arboriculture, tree management and tree work programmes offered by local vocational, tertiary and training institutions. Under the scheme, study sponsorships will be offered to applicants who undertake and complete recognised arboriculture, tree management and tree works programmes at Qualifications Framework (QF) Level 2 to 5 offered by local vocational, tertiary and training institutions. The sponsorship amount is 50% of the tuition fee or $20,000, for arboriculture and tree management programmes, while for tree works programmes it is 70% of the tuition fee or $6,000. Scholarships will be offered to students who have attained at least 20 total grade points in the five best subjects in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination and will undertake and complete recognised full-time arboriculture and tree management programmes at QF Level 5. The scholarship amount is the total tuition fee or $50,000, for each academic year of the programmes. Accepting applications throughout the year. Please visit the official website for application and notes.

CityU: Revamped degree classification system aligns with US universities

Since adopting the 4-year degree programme in 2012, CityU has regularly reviewed all practices for academic programmes and has moved increasingly toward the US education system. CityU’s new minimum graduation CGPA and the awards for undergraduate degrees, which the Senate members thoroughly discussed and approved, will further enhance the reference value of our award classification system, ensuring we recognise truly outstanding graduates. The new arrangements approved by the Senate below will be applied to all students admitted from 2020/21 onward: Under the approved system, the minimum graduation CGPA for a degree will be set at 2.0. Students who fail to attain a minimum semester GPA (grade point average) of 1.7 on three occasions will face the prospect of losing their place on the degree programme. To better reflect the capability of outstanding students, the Senate considers it essential to review the existing classifications and abolish degrees awarded as First-, Second- and Third-class Honours. Consequently, the top 15% of departmental/school graduates (based on CGPA ranking) will be recognised under the following arrangement: New Classification of Awardssumma cum laude (Highest Distinction)    the top 2%magna cum laude (High Distinction)    the next 5%cum laude (Distinction)    the next 8% This new CityU award classification system is similar to schemes implemented in many top US universities. Removing the First-, Second-, and Third-class classifications also eliminates any long-lasting connotation of bias or discrimination presented in the past. For details, please visit the CityU website.

(YETP) Need jobs? Try On-the-job Training

It is not easy to find a job, right?Why not try to find a job through On-the-Job Training under YETP of Labour Department?Job Application Process 1. Trainees may select on-the-job training vacancy online by themselves or under the guidance of Case Managers and register with the Programme Office. The Programme Office may also introduce suitable on-the-job training vacancies to trainees depending on different needs and situations. 2.The Programme Office will verify the eligibility of Trainees who register for vacancies or inform them of the registration progress within four working days, then confirm the arrangement of interviews or submission of trainees' resumes with Employers and refer Trainees to Employers for recruitment selection. 3.When Employers receive Trainees' resumes, they may arrange interviews or other recruitment process with Trainees directly or through the Programme Office. 4. Employers have to return all the referral results to the Programme Office so as to inform both Trainees and their case managers of the results afterwards. If Trainees did not receive any notification about interview two weeks after submission of resumes, they should assume their applications unsuccessful and consider applying for other job vacancies. 5. If Employers contact trainees to make employment arrangement directly, Trainees should inform their case manager and the Programme Office as soon as possible, and also update their employment status online. If the employment is successfulTrainees will start their on-the-job training and draw up an Employment Contract with Employers. The Programme Office will confirm the arrangement of on-the-job training with Employers and Trainees. During the on-the-job training period- Trainees are engaged as employees with employer-employee relationship, Employers will pay salary to Trainees. - Employers will appoint staff with relevant work experience as Trainees’ mentors so as to ensure suitable training and guidance support to trainees. - Trainees may apply for off-the-job vocational course subsidy from the Programme Office and reimburse course and examination fees up to $4,000 for each on-the-job training placement under the YETP. - Case managers will provide on-the-job support services to Trainees. Upon completion of the on-the-job training- Employers will issue a certificate specifying the skill/qualification attained and the period of on-the-job training to Trainees. - Trainees with good performance may have the opportunities to be offered further employment by employers. - Eligible trainees may submit applications to the Programme Office for retention allowance for a maximum period of 12 months (i.e. up to $12,000). Visit the YETP website for more details!

DSE Way out: Government job

Q: Does the Government accept HKDSEqualifications for civil service appointments?A: The government has announced that results in the HKDSE Examination are accepted for civil service appointment purposes with effect from 20 July 2012. For related details, please visit the website of the Civil Service Bureau.Q: Does the results in the HKDSE Examination as equivalent to the results in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE)?A: Level 5 or above in English Language of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE) is accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UE paper of the CRE.  Level 5 or above in Chinese Language of the HKDSEE is accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UC paper of the CRE.  Applicants with the above result(s) will NOT be arranged to take the UE and / or UC paper(s).Level 4 in English Language of the HKDSEE is accepted as equivalent to Level 1 in the UE paper of the CRE.  Level 4 in Chinese Language of the HKDSEE is accepted as equivalent to Level 1 in the UC paper of the CRE.  Applicants with the above result(s) may wish to take this into account in deciding whether they need to take the UE and / or UC paper(s) having regard to the requirements of the civil service post(s) in which they are interested. For related details, please visit the website of the Civil Service Bureau.Q. With the HKDSE in place, what is the acceptance arrangement for civil service posts with entry requirement set at “a pass in five subjects in HKCEE” and "2A3O"?A: Under the NAS, a combination of the following results in five subjects in the HKDSE Examination are accepted as meeting the requirement of “a pass in five subjects in HKCEE”:- Level 2 in Senior Secondary subjects;- “Attained” in Applied Learning (ApL) subjects (subject to a maximum of two ApL subjects); and- Grade E in Other Language subjects. A candidate attaining results in 5 subjects in HKDSE in any combination of the following will be regarded as having met the requirement for “2A3O”:- Level 3 in Senior Secondary subjects;- “Attained with Distinction” in ApL subjects (subject to a maximum of two ApL subjects); and- Grade c in Other Language subjects.For related details, please visit the website of the Civil Service Bureau. >>>Click here to search for a Government jobs now!