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Site Visits of "Science in the Public Service" 2020

Visit(1). Shatin Sewage Treatment Works Guided TourOrganizer : Drainage Services DepartmentDate : 31 October 2020 (Saturday)Time : 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Please register online at HKEdCity website   Visit(2). Stanley Sewage Treatment Works Guided TourOrganizer : Drainage Services DepartmentDate : 14 November 2020 (Saturday)Time : (First group) 9:15 am - 12:00 noon; (Second group) 10:00 am - 1:15 pm Visit(3). Yuen Long Bypass Floodway Eco TourOrganizer : Drainage Services DepartmentDate : : 6 December 2020 (Sunday)Time : 9:15 am - 12:30 pm   Visit(4). Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme (HVUSSS) Guided TourOrganizer : Drainage Services DepartmentDate : 19 December 2020 (Saturday)Time : 10:00 am - 11:30 am

"Mass Robot Programming for New World Record" Briefing Session

Objective: 1.World RecordCreate a new World Record under the topic of "STEM Education in Robot Coding and create a world record of mass programming" 2.Arouse InterestsArouse interests in Robotics sciences and computational thinking & coding skill amongst youngsters 3.Innovation and Technical Focus Build up an image of innovation and technical focused of our new generation Introduction Unleash your innovation and apply your technique in robot programming, come and join us to create a world record of mass robot programming! The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) is organising "Mass Robot Programming for New World Record", a mega event in 2021 designed to create a world record of simultaneous programming of robots, and present a mass robots performance in Hong Kong. Eligibility:1.For P4-P6 and S1-S3 full time students of local schools. (Proof has to be provided)2.Participants can be school / STEM center / organisation basis.3.Each school / STEM center / organisation could form up to 2 groups of maximum 5 participants in each group. Participants of each group will programme at least one robot.

What finacial 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. The Youth Employment and Training Programme provides on-the-job training posts of various industries and districts. Below are the charts of top ten on-the-job training vacancies by job type/ industry/ district: Top 10 Job Posts 1. Craftsman/Technician /Engineer (Non IT-fields)2. Sales & Marketing Representatives3. Waiter/ Waitress4. Cashier5. General Assistant / Data-entry Worker / Clerks6. Customer Services Worker7. Bartender8. Property Management Worker9. Information Technology Officer10. Cook/Kitchen Helper Top 10 Job Working Locations 1. Kowloon/Kwun Tong District2. New Territories /Shatin District3. Kowloon/Yau Tsim Mong District4. Kowloon/Sham Shui Po District5. New Territories /Tuen Mun District6. New Territories /Tsuen Wan District7. New Territories /Yuen Long District8. Hong Kong Island/Wan Chai District9. Hong Kong Island/Central & Western District10. New Territories /Sai Kung District 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!

(Summer Job) Interview Skills, Application Letter and Résumé

If you are invited to attend an interview, it means that you have preliminarily met the requirements of the company and the post. You should make good use of the chance, get well prepared and demonstrate your strengths as far as possible to convince the interviewer that you are the most suitable candidate.Preparation for the Interview - Gather information about the post and the organisation, such as job nature and requirements, development and outlook of the trade, etc.; - Practise relevant skills related to the post you apply for, e.g. Chinese and English typing, computer software application, etc; - Prepare concrete answers to questions often asked during interviews and rehearse the interview beforehand so that you will become more confident and less likely to get nervous in the interview; - Pay attention to current affairs and hot topics; - Prepare some questions about the post and the recruiting organisation and raise them to the interviewers at the end of the interview; - Go to bed early the night before the interview. Sufficient rest will keep you in high spirits, enhance your confidence and ability to respond to changes; - Being late for a job interview is undesirable. It upsets you and leaves a poor impression on the interviewer. Plan the route and find out the traffic condition of the place of interview beforehand. Arrive preferably 15 minutes before the scheduled time to allow yourself time to settle down and get ready for the interview. To attend an interview, you should bring Identity card; Ball pens; Résumé; Academic certificates, both original and copies; Work history proof, both original and copies (e.g. reference letter, employment contracts, resignation letter, etc.); Passport photos; Employer's address and telephone number; Mobile phone. (*Get ready important documents like proof of academic qualifications and work history and organise them systematically. To give the interviewer a good impression, make sure that you can produce the documents in good order for inspection; Don't bring excessive personal belongings or things which are not related to the interview.)Appearance in the interviewBe neat, clean and tidy, from head to toe. Behave naturally and keep poised; Don't dress too showily; Avoid heavy make-up and wearing too many accessories. When you arrive… - Remember to turn off your mobile phone; - Tell the staff politely the purpose of your visit and wait patiently; - Refer to the résumé when you are asked to complete a job application form. Complete it carefully and neatly; - Don't walk around, touch or use any items of staff in a carefree manner; - Don't appear to be impatient and tired while waiting. When entering the interview room… - Knock the door before you go in. Smile and greet the interviewers politely; - Sit down properly when invited or prompted by the interviewer. During the interview… - Keep calm and smiling. Don't be too reserved; - Be sincere and polite, but not too modest or humble; - Speak with a friendly manner, at a proper speed and volume. The pronunciation should be clear and the tone be affirmative; - Don't cross your arms in front of the chest, lest you would be mistaken as an unfriendly person; - Keep appropriate eye contact with interviewers. Maintain eye contact with the interviewers to show your confidence and respect. Don't stare at interviewers. It would be regarded as impolite and would make interviewers feel stressful; - Avoid small gestures such as playing with your fingers, rubbing hands or patting your hair. This will give the interviewer an impression that you are immature, impatient or lack of confidence; - Listen carefully to the interviewers' questions; answer precisely and clearly. Don't simply say "yes" or "no". - You should elaborate the key points clearly; - Nod where appropriate when listening to the interviewers to show your interest in the topic and agreement with the interviewers; - At the end of the interview, you may ask one or two questions about job duties, training and promotion - prospects to show your interest in the applied post or joining the company; - Thank the interviewers and say goodbye before you leave. >>Click here to read the Sample of Email >>Click here to read the Sample of Application Letter >>Click here to read the Sample of Résumé (Please visit Labour Department website for more about Summer Jobs Employment)

DSE Way out: Diploma Yi Jin

The academic qualification is equivalent to five subjects achieving level 2 in the DSE The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications has assessed and confirmed that for students who have successfully completed the Diploma Yi Jin (DYJ) Programme, the qualification thus obtained is deemed comparable to the attainment of Level 2 standard in five subjects including Chinese Language and English Language in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination. For students who have successfully completed the Maths Plus elective course, the qualification acquired under the Programme is comparable to the attainment of Level 2 standard in five subjects including Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics in the HKDSE Examination.Overview of the ProgrammeThe Programme appreciates the importance of proactive and interactive learning. Hence, apart from classroom teaching, other learning activities such as field trips and visits are arranged for some of the elective courses. Except for the English Language course, the medium of instruction is Cantonese and the course materials are mainly in Chinese. For some elective courses, English is used for course materials as well as assessment. Some other elective courses are offered with both Chinese and English streams and students choosing either stream will be taught and assessed in the chosen language.>>>List of Elective Clusters for 2020/21 Academic Year Institutions Offering the programmeThe DYJ programme is run by the following member institutions of the Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education (FSTE): Lingnan Institute of Further Education; Hong Kong College of Technology; School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University; Caritas Institute of Community Education; Hong Kong Institute of Technology; School of Business and Information Systems, Vocational Training Council; The Open University of Hong Kong, Li Ka Shing School of Professional and Continuing Education.Tuition Fee and Financial Assistance ArrangementBoth full-time and part-time eligible DYJ students will receive reimbursement of 30% of the tuition fees paid for each satisfactorily completed course, subject to their having attained an overall pass in the course and achieved 80% attendance or above for the course as confirmed by the institutions. Students may also apply for other financial assistance and loan schemes. Please click here for further details.Application and Admission ProcedureFull-time ProgrammeFirst Phase of AdmissionDate: From 5 December 2019 until 20 July 2020Application Website: http://www.yj.edu.hkDeadline for Application and paying Application Fee: 4:00 pm on 20 July 2020Second Phase of AdmissionDate: Starting from 9:00am on 21 July 2020Details: Provider institutions will admit students direct. Applicants should submit their applications to institutions providing the Programme direct for processing Part-time ProgrammePart-time students are directly admitted by provider institutions in the 2020/21 academic year. Interested persons may apply directly to the institutions providing part-time Programme. For details, please refer to the announcement to be made by the respective institutions.

DSE Way out: Repeating S6/Private candidates

Before deciding whether to repeat S6, students should think and consider: (i) the reasons for the unsatisfactory results;(ii) the confidence of making improvement in the new attempt;(iii) the advice and suggestions of teachers and family; and(iv) whether there are other study pathways.Repeaters should noteSchool-based Assessment (SBA) is compulsory for S6 school repeaters. They, however, need to submit SBA marks for S6 only, which will be proportionally adjusted to the full weighting of individual subjects and incorporated into their subject mark. Their SBA results obtained in previous examinations will not be counted. The EDB will release the list of “Schools admitting HKDSE S6 repeaters from the other schools (2020/21 school year) at this Website and Life Planning Information in mid-July. Private candidates should notePrivate candidates are not required to complete the SBA component of the subjects entered. Their subject marks will be based entirely on their public examination results. For Visual Arts in which the SBA component carries a weighting of 50%, private candidates will be required to submit a portfolio in lieu of the SBA. Repeating S6 is definitely not the only option. Multiple pathways under the NAS are available to senior secondary graduates. Students can consider applying for subdegree programmes or other programmes/training, including Diploma Yi Jin, Vocational and Professional Education and Training programmes, Youth Employment and Training Programme of the Labour Department or employment. For more information, please visit the “New Academic Structure Web Bulletin – Multiple Pathways for Senior Secondary Graduates”.

e-Learning Support Scheme

The Youth Employment and Training Programme (YETP) of the Labour Department launches e-Learning Support Scheme (“eLSS”), providing on-the-job training vacancies for young people who are interested in IT or education industries. Successful trainees will attend a free pre-employment training course provided by Pui Ching Academy and have $70 allowance per pre-employment training day. Upon completion of the training, trainees will undergo on-the-job training with pay in schools for the first 12 months of employment for the position of e-Learning Support Officer. Recruitment targets- Aged 15-24, graduates of S.5 (OAS) / DSE (NAS) to sub-degree level (or equivalent)- Lawfully employable in Hong Kong- With/ without relevant studies/ work experience are eligible to apply For details, please visit YETP website, or call at 2112 9932 or email to enquiry@yes.labour.gov.hk for enquiries.

Banking Talent Programme

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the banking industry jointly launched the Banking Talent Programme (the Programme) to nurture young talents for the industry, and provide participants with an opportunity to better prepare for future careers in the banking sector.  The Programme targets fresh graduates from local universities who will be offered six-month work opportunities and industry-specific training. The Programme is supported by the Hong Kong Association of Banks (HKAB) and all local universities.  Further details of the Programme are set out below:Job opportunities: Around 300 openings will be offered by banks, Stored Value Facilities operators, together with the HKMA.  Work opportunities will be provided in areas ranging from front-line operations to back-office functions in retail and commercial banking;Professional training: A series of induction seminars as well as professional training courses will be organised by the HKMA, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Academy of Finance, the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB) and reputable industry practitioners;Programme period: The Programme will start from early September 2020 and last for a period of six months;Financial support: The HKMA will reimburse participating firms up to 50% of the monthly salary of Programme participants, which is HK$12,000 per month, and subsidise the course fees for the relevant professional training courses attended by the graduates;Eligibility: Students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2020 from local universities may apply for the Programme, and the disciplines preferred will depend on the work nature of specific jobs and the need of participating firms; andApplication: Interviews will be held by participating firms and results will be announced by August. Please refer to individual firms’ website for the latest updates. Please refer to each of the individual firms’ website for the latest updates. Participating Universities: Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, Education University of Hong Kong, Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Lingnan University, Open University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong. Please visit the official website for details.  

Summer Job Searching - 8 Useful Tips You Should Know

Before searching summer jobs on the internet, please stay alert and be cautious in job searching to avoid falling into employment traps. Here are some useful tips:1. Stay alert when applying for a job from anonymous recruitment advertisements and verify the employer's identity; 2. Beware of recruitment advertisements which offer attractive remuneration but require no qualification or experience; 3. Don't yield to persuasion if you are asked to take up a job that is different from the job advertisement, especially when you lack the requisite job knowledge or skills; 4. Don't be rash to pay fees of any kind, e.g. training fees or administrative charges, etc.; 5. Generally speaking, companies will not ask job seekers to pay for products or training classes in return for a job offer; 6. Never be rash to provide important personal information and documents such as identity card, the PINs of credit cards or ATM cards to others. Don't let others use your bank account; 7. Understand the job nature well. Don't take up jobs which involve unlawful activities or sex deals; 8. Be cautious when signing contracts and documents. Make sure you fully understand the contract terms and the provisions before signing. If in doubt, do not sign on it. >>Click here to proceed to search for Summber Job Vacancies (Please visit Labour Department website for more about Summer Jobs Employment)

Internship at Hong Kong Arts Centre Opens All Year Round

Are you interested in gaining experience in the arts and creative industry? Over the years, Hong Kong Arts Centre has offered opportunities to local and overseas university students to gain an exciting and fulfilling experience through our internship and volunteer schemes. Our internship programme provides an excellent opportunity for their students to explore their potential through hands-on work experience, gaining exposure to the different aspects in the operation of the Hong Kong Arts Centre. The learning experience is a stepping stone to a promising future in arts administration and arts education. Internship opportunities are available for the following categories:1. Events & Visitor Service; 2. Programmes (screening, exhibition, performance, learning);3. Strategic Development & Membership;4. Marketing & Promotion. Requirements1. University student aged 18 or above;2. Holder of the Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card or possess a valid visa permitting internship in Hong Kong; and 3. Be enthusiastic about our vision and mission. Application periodWe accept applications throughout the year, and opportunities are available on a full or part-time basis. How to applyPlease send your application with resume to hr@hkac.org.hk. Please visit the official website for more details.