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HKMC - Manager Trainee Programme is now open for application

The 2021 HKMC Manager Trainee Programme is now open for application. The Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited (HKMC) is wholly owned by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government through the Exchange Fund. The HKMC, its subsidiaries and subsidiary undertakings (the HKMC Group) engage in asset purchase, mortgage and insurance business in Hong Kong and operate in the market on the basis of prudent commercial principles.The Manager Trainee Programme aims to identify and groom high-calibre young executives to meet the HKMC Group’s long-term staff development plans. Throughout the three-year programme, the Manager Trainees will undergo on-the-job training in different departments, take part in corporate projects and attend structured learning and development programmes. Those who have successfully completed the Programme would be appointed as Manager. Details and apply: Click hereDeadline of application: 31/12/2020

The Airport Authority - Graduate Engineer Programme is now open for application

The 2021 The Airport Authority - Graduate Engineer Programmeis now open for application. The Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) Graduate Engineer Programme is a Scheme "A" training programme accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). The programme helps graduate engineers acquire the qualifications to become professional engineers, and provides them with excellent all-round exposure to various airport engineering systems/projects through on-the-job training and attachment.The programme aims to develop a pool of home-grown professional engineers with the specific skills and experience necessary to implement and operate the Airport Authority’s (AA) sophisticated, mission-critical systems, and meet HKIA's future development needs. University graduates with the following attributes and competencies are welcomed to apply:- A major in Building Services / Civil / Electrical / Electronic / Mechanical Engineering- Strong analytical, planning and problem-solving skills with good business acumen- Team players with good communication and interpersonal skills- Excellent command of spoken and written English and Chinese. Knowledge of Putonghua is preferred. Details and Apply: Click here Deadline of application: 4/12/2020

The Airport Authority - Management Trainee Programme is now open for application

The 2021 The Airport Authority - Management Trainee Programme is now open for application. The Management Trainee Programme is designed to develop high potential talents into future leaders. Management Trainees are provided with abundant opportunities to acquire the skills and professional expertise necessary to build solid careers at the Airport Authority (AA). During the three-year programme, Management Trainees will acquire job-related skills and knowledge through rotations in core departments, participation in cross-functional projects and assignments, and functional and leadership training. Through our structured curriculum, our future leaders will develop problem-solving capabilities, leadership skills and internal networks necessary to forge successful careers in airport management. University graduates with the following attributes and competencies are welcomed to apply:- Final-year university students in any discipline; or recent university graduates with less than three years of working experience- Team players with strong leadership potential, self-motivation and drive to achieve excellence- Excellent command of written and spoken English and Chinese including Putonghua- Passion to develop careers in the aviation industry Details and Apply: Click here Deadline of application: 4/12/2020

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.) *Nomination deadline for the Construction Industry Outstanding Young Person Award is 11 Dec 2020. 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.

Information on Associate Degree and Higher Diploma Programmes

Virtual Information Days will be held from November 2020 onwards to introduce various Associate Degree and Higher Diploma programmes offered by individual post-secondary institutions in the academic year 2021/22 and their admission requirements.   Date Institute Highlights 14 November Tung Wah College Online talk - Tips for JUPAS applicants, Live chat with the Physiotherapy teaching team, Virtual tour of laboratories 14 November UOW College Hong Kong Information seminars 20 & 21 November Caritas Institute of Higher Education Live broadcast, Chatroom 27 & 28 November The Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), Hotel and Tourism Institute/Chinese Culinary Institute/International Culinary Institute Online programme talks, Interactive Q & A, 360° Virtual Tour, Overview of programmes, Graduate sharing 28 November Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education Admission talk, experiential activities, 1:1 programme consultation, Onsite application and interview Pre-registration may be required for the event updates of certain online events. Please refer to the latest official announcement via the links.

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.

Information Days of Tertiary Institutions 2020

Virtual Information Days for post-secondary admissions, covering introduction to various programmes and admission requirements, will be held from October onwards.   Date Institute Highlights 10 October The Chinese University of Hong Kong Live chats sessions 10 October The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Live chats with staff and students on Admissions Chat Box 17 October Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Expert talks, Interview tips, Q & A webinar  17 October The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Individualized consultation, Virtual campus tour 17 October The Education University of Hong Kong Live webinars with Q & A sessions, Virtual campus tour 24 October City University of Hong Kong (Details to be announced by the institute) 24 October Hong Kong Baptist University Live chats, JUPAS application and interview tips, Virtual visit to laboratories 31 October* The University of Hong Kong Live chat with HKU professors and student ambassadors *Information Month is held throughout October 7 November The Open University of Hong Kong Live talks, Videos, OU360˚ 14 November Hong Kong Shue Yan University Campus tour (On-campus x Virtual), Admission talk, Thematic talk, Live Q & A Live Chat, Game show 20 & 21 November Caritas Institute of Higher Education Live broadcast, Chatroom 21 November Chu Hai College of Higher Education Admissions talks, workshops and activities (Details to be announced by the institute) 21 November The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong Seminars of selection strategies of programmes, workshops and taster activities, On-site application and assessment, Campus Tours 27 & 28 November Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong Admission briefings, Live Q & A and consultation, Virtual campus tour, Online taster workshops 28 November Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education Admission talk, experiential activities, 1:1 programme consultation, Onsite application and interview --- Lingnan University Information on programmes, JUPAS and Non-JUPAS applications, scholarships and admission Pre-registration may be required for certain online events to receive the updates on event schedule. Please refer to the latest official announcement via the links.

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!

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

What financial assistance are available for Diploma Yi Jin students?

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

DSE Way out: Vocational and Professional Education and Training

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

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

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

DSE way out: Enrol the Nurse Training Programmes

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

DSE Way out: Has the HKDSE been recognised globally?

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

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

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

Study sponsorships open to nurture young arborists and tree workers

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

CityU: Revamped degree classification system aligns with US universities

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

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

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

DSE Way out: Government job

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

(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)