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Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care Services opens for application

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, so that they may develop their profession along an established career path through on-the-job training.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 SchemeYoung people participating in the Navigation Scheme will be arranged to take up care work in elderly or rehabilitation service units.  Before that, the operating agencies shall arrange for young people to attend an orientation programme, including personal care worker training and a first aid certificate course, 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 young people to facilitate their adaptation to the work environment.After taking up employment, participants 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 study, the young recruits will be recognised for having a qualification at Qualification Framework Levels 3 or 4.  Those interested in developing their career in the care service and meeting relevant eligibility criteria 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. The operating agencies will keep in view the employment status of the trainees in the social welfare service units after the latter’s completion of the Navigation Scheme.      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: hons@caritassws.org.hkEvangelical Lutheran Church Social Service - Hong KongTelephone: 2467 7040 / 5115 4177     E-mail: yns@elchk.org.hk Haven of Hope Christian Service Telephone: 2643 3365          E-mail: nsypinfo@hohcs.org.hk Tung Wah Group of HospitalsTelephone: 3525 1218 / 6177 3404     E-mail: navigation@tungwah.org.hkYang Memorial Methodist Social Service Telephone: 2609 1855    E-mail: ns@yang.org.hk 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 elderly2@swd.gov.hk

Education & Careers Expo 2021 - Information hub for study and job opportunities

Have you decided to further your study or start your career journey after graduation? Or if you would like to change your career path after a few years of working? The annual Education & Career Expo oranised by the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council (HKTDC) will certainly help!To understand latest market trends and plan ahead your path The 30th HKTDC Education & Careers Expo, gathering organisations from different countries and regions, representing educational institutions, professional associations, government departments, public organisations and private companies, is an information hub for education and employment opportunities. The Expo will invite popular guest speakers to share their career experience and tips, including Star tutor Mr. Jayden Lam, Popular DJ Ah Jeng from Commercial Radio Hong Kong, Senior Lecturer from the Department of Physics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dr. Tong Shiu-sing and the founder cum principal of Dr. Phoenix Education Centre, Dr Jeffrey Hui.Numerous local and non-local opportunities This year's Education & Careers Expo features several thematic zones.  The Career Zone, with the Recruitment Square, will provide the latest job market updates relating to popular industries, while the Education Zone will feature the information on continuing education, creative and educational support services, tertiary academy as well as vocational and professional education provided by educational institutions. The Youth Square will offer information on internship programmes, working holiday schemes and career planning. Young people interested in studying or working abroad will also have the chance to interact directly with the representatives of participating consulates general and official education authorities at the International Exchange Village. Details of the Education & Careers Expo 2021 Dates: 15-18 July 2021 (Thursday to Sunday) Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Fee: Free Opening Hours: 15-17 July: 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 18 July: 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Official Website: Click here

"Be a Government Official for a Day" Programme 2021 (Application Deadline: 30 June 2021)

The “Life Buddies” Mentoring Scheme launches the “Be a Government Official for a Day” Programme 2021. The programme, to be held this August, will offer the opportunity for selected students to shadow a senior government official on the job for a day to gain hands-on experience of an official's work and a better understanding of the Government's operation. It also aims at providing officials a chance to share with students their work experience while learning about students' insights on different issues, their life goals and future plans. The job shadowing process will also help inspire students to develop positive values, multi-perspective thinking, strive to realise their potential and seize opportunities for upward mobility. Please refer to the Programme webpage for more programme background and history.Application is now open and the details are as follows: Programme Activities 1. Orientation Session – 4 August 2021An experienced non-governmental organisation has been engaged to organise orientation for selected students prior to the job shadowing to understand their expectations on the programme and help them make suitable preparations for the job shadowing.2. Job Shadowing – a working day within 9 to 20 August 2021Students will personally shadow a senior government official for a day, and seize the invaluable opportunity to interact with officials. Officials may on one hand share career stories and aspirations with students, and on the other hand share views with students on their ideas and goals for their future development. Such personal interactions would encourage students to develop positive values and attitudes as well as to think about life planning from different perspectives, inspiring students to aim high when setting goals for their future and to strive at achieving such goals with perseverance and determination.3. Debriefing Session – 24 August 2021The experienced non-government organisation will review with the students some key takeaways after the shadowing excerise.  Students shadowing different officials could share their different experiences.4. Sharing Session – 30 August 2021Lastly, a sharing session will be held for the students to give a presentation to the officials, their principals, teachers, parents and friends, further consolidating their takeaways from the programme. Eligibility If you are a local secondary 3 to 6 student in the 2020/21 academic year who possess the following qualities, then the programme is ideal for you – Motivation and career aspiration Interest in public service Analytical and communication skills Application Method On an individual basis, applicants should complete the application form, including a recommendation from their school principal or teacher, and send it to lifebuddies@cso.gov.hk by email (Re: “Be a Government Official for a Day” Programme) at or before 11:59 p.m. on 30 June, 2021 (Wednesday). The application form should be completed electronically as far as possible. Each application form should be submitted in a single pdf file as an email attachment. Please do not upload the application form to any cloud drives. Selected applicants will be invited to a face-to-face meeting held in mid to late July. A separate notification will be made by email on the relevant arrangement. Applicants who have not received any notification by 31 July may consider their application unsuccessful and no separate notification will be made. Activities Highlights Enquiry Programme Webpage: https://www.lifebuddies.hk/en/Be_a_Government_Official_for_a_Day_Programme Email: lifebuddies@cso.gov.hk Contact No.: 3655 4891

"Be a Government Official for a Day" Programme 2021

The “Life Buddies” Mentoring Scheme launches the “Be a Government Official for a Day” Programme 2021. The programme, to be held this August, will offer the opportunity for selected students to shadow a senior government official on the job for a day to gain hands-on experience of an official's work and a better understanding of the Government's operation. It also aims at providing officials a chance to share with students their work experience while learning about students' insights on different issues, their life goals and future plans. The job shadowing process will also help inspire students to develop positive values, multi-perspective thinking, strive to realise their potential and seize opportunities for upward mobility. The “Be a Government Official for a Day” programme was first launched in the summer holiday of 2018. In view of the enthusiastic response and positive feedback to the programme, the Chief Executive announced in the 2018 Policy Address that the programme will be expanded to include more senior officials and benefit more students. Application is now open and the details are as follows: 1. Orientation Session – 4 August 2021 2. Job Shadowing – a working day within 9 to 20 August 2021 3. Debriefing Session – 24 August 2021 4. Sharing Session – 30 August 2021

[Life Planning Living A Real Me] Kylie Hung, Comic Artist

Our guest in this episode, Kylie Hung, turned her interest into a career.With her hard work and encouragement from family, Kylie Hung turned her dream and interest into a career. She has become the author of comic book Lobintan. She encourages young people to work hard and try their best to overcome all difficulties once they found their dream jobs.And her works are also widely recognised, how did she achieve her dream? Example of related training and courses for Illustrators Certificate- Open University of Hong Kong - Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Animation and Visual Effects- St. James' Settlement - Diploma for Illustration and Original Designers- Vocational Training Council - Higher Diploma in Illustration- Hong Kong Design Institute - Professional Certificate in Illustration Studies For more information about Illustrator or other careers information, please visit EDB Life Planning Information website.

[Life Planning Living A Real Me] Hincent NG, Arborist

As the saying goes, “It takes ten years to grow a tree but a hundred years to nurture people”. To grow a tree requires many conditions.The guest of this episode Mr Hincent NG learned about the profession of an arborist through an internship programme and acquired the Certified Arborist in 2013. He is currently responsible for the greening of a university campus. He reminded young people to pursue continuing education in their fields. He is always exposed to all kinds of weather and takes care of trees outdoors. Behind this tough job is his dedication to nature and the environment. Let us listen to his story. Example of related training and courses for Arborist Certificate- Integrated Vocational Development Centre (IVDC)-Certificate in Arboriculture ManagementHigher Diploma / Associate Degree- Vocational Training Council (VTC) - Higher Diploma in Conservation and Tree ManagementBachelor Degree- Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (Thei) – Bachelor of Arts (Hon) Horticulture and Landscape Management For more information about Arborist or other careers information, please visit EDB Life Planning Information website.

First aid and lifesaving certificates needed when applying for lifeguard

Apart from public swimming pools, gazetted beaches and water sports centres administered by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), quite many places like clubhouses in private properties, hotels and clubs also hire lifeguards at their swimming pools and water sports centres. Therefore the demands for lifeguards are always there. First Aid and LifesavingNormally, a Lifeguard Award and a First Aid Certificate are required when applying for a job as a lifeguard. Take the recruitment advertisement of Lifeguard on the website of LCSD as an example, the entry requirements are:Entry Requirements(a) completed Primary 6 education, or equivalent;(b) visual acuity of 6/60;(c) a valid Beach Lifeguard Award and Pool Lifeguard Award from The Hong Kong Life Saving Society;(d) a valid First Aid Certificate of the St John Ambulance Association, Hong Kong Red Cross, or the Auxiliary Medical Service;(e) attained a level of proficiency in Chinese and English languages equivalent to Primary 6 standard; and(f) passed a trade test.This means, if you want to be one of the lifeguards in town, you will probably need to attain a Lifeguard Award and a First Aid Certificate. >>>For more information about the Beach Lifeguard Award and the Pool Lifeguard Award issued by The Hong Kong Life Saving Society, please visit the websites of The Hong Kong Life Saving Society, the Intergrated Lifesaving Certificate Training Scheme (Pool Lifeguard & Beach Lifeguard) 2021/22, and the Lifesaving Training Scheme (BM) 2021.>>>For more information about the First Aid Certificate of the St John Ambulance Association, Hong Kong Red Cross, or the Auxiliary Medical Service, please visit the story "First aid certificate courses recognised by the Government".

First aid certificate courses recognised by the Government

First aid knowledge not only means the difference between life and death but also helps one determine the sequence and the priority of first-aid treatments during an emergency. First aid knowledge and skills promote safety awareness at home, at work, at play, on streets and highways. Having learnt first aid, a person is prepared to assist others wisely and is able to distinguish between what to do and what not to do.  Holders of a valid certificate in first aid issued from organisations like Hong Kong St. John Ambulance Association, Hong Kong Red Cross or the Auxiliary Medical Service may enjoy an advantage in job hunting. Below are some first aid certificate courses recognised by the HKSAR Government. (Click here to know more about first aid) Hong Kong St. John Ambulance - "Certificate in First Aid" Course (Face-to-face mode) (FA)Course Content 1. Principles & Practice of First Aid; 2. Action at an Emergency; 3. The Structure and the Functions of the Body; 4. Dressings & Bandages; 5. Asphyxia; 6. Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation for adult/and infant; 7. Management of Airway Obstruction in adult/and infant; 8. Wounds, Bleeding & Circulatory Failure; 9. Shock & Fainting; 10. Injuries to Bones; 11. Injuries to Muscles, Ligaments & Joints; 12. The Nervous System & Unconsciousness; 13. Burns & Scalds; 14. Poisoning; 15. Procedure at Road Accidents; 16. Handling & Transportation of Injured Person. Course Duration 30 hours (usually 3 hours/session/week for 10 sessions or 4/5 full days etc.) Medium of Instruction Cantonese / English (Chinese courses are held every two months and English courses are organised basing on the number of applicants.) Certificate Candidates attending less than 80% of the lectures will not be eligible for examination. Each candidate must be examined in the following subjects: Theory of First Aid/Bandaging Technique/Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation. Candidates who passed the examination will be awarded the "Certificate in First Aid" which is recognised by the HKSAR Government and is valid for three years. For re-certification, candidates should take a refresher course/re-examination before the expiry of the certificate.For details and to apply please visit the website of Hong Kong St. John Ambulance. Hong Kong Red Cross - Standard First Aid Certificate Course (SFA) Course Content 1. Introduction of Red Cross Movement; 2. Principle of First Aid; 3. Patient Assessment; 4. Suffocation & Choking; 5. Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation; 6. Burns & Scalds; 7. Unconsciousness; 8. Shock & Bleeding; 9. Wounds & Bandaging; 10. Trauma of Various Parts of Body; 11. Medical Emergencies; 12. Bone, Joint & Muscle Trauma; 13. Environmental Related Health Problems; 14. Introduction of Automated External Defibrillator; 15. Transporting Victim; 16. First Aid Equipments & Relevant Regulations. Course Duration 30 hours (extra 3 hours for examination) Medium of Instruction Cantonese, Putonghua or English Certificate Students should fulfil the following criteria in order to get the Standard First Aid Certificate which is recognised by the HKSAR Government with 3 years validity.- At least 80% attendance (counted by session)- Pass in both written and practical examinations Before the expiry date of the certificate or within 6 months after the expiry date of the certificate, participants can attend a Standard First Aid Certificate Refresher Course (SFAR) and pass the examinations to renew their certificates with 3 years validity.For details and to apply please visit the website of Hong Kong Red Cross. Occupational Safety and Health Council  - Certificate Of Competence Courses (AMS)Certificate of Competence in First Aid Course Content 1. Principles of First Aid and handling of accidents; 2. Asphyxia and resuscitation techniques; 3. Wounds and bleeding and their handling techniques; 4. Handling of casualties of dizziness, syncope and unconsciousness; 5. Injuries of the skeletal system; 6. Burns and scalds; 7. Handling techniques for other injuries; 8. Methods of transporting casualties. Course Duration 36 hours plus end-of-course examination Medium of Instruction Cantonese supplemented with Chinese notes Certificate Award of Certificate: At least 85% attendance and a pass in the end-of-course examination. Trainees will be provided a first aid certificate jointly issued by the Auxiliary Medical Service (AMS) and the Occupational Safety and Health Council (OSHC). This certificate is valid for three years.For details and to apply please visit the website of Occupational Safety and Health Council. The Auxiliary Medical Service (AMS) (The AMS first aid training courses are organised for civil servants and such courses are designed to meet their operational needs. When training places are available, members of the public are also welcome to enrol on the courses for which a fee will be charged. However, due to the current long waiting list and waiting time for the training places, enrolment by members of the public shall be suspended until further notice. For details, please visit the website of AMS.)

[Construction Industry] The Intermediate Tradesman Collaborative Training Scheme (4/8 Recruitment Day)

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. >>> Intermediate Tradesman Collaborative Training Scheme Recruitment Day (4 August) <<< 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.