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Vocational Training

Vocational Training Council For your future career development, you have to equip yourself with professional knowledge and skills. The Vocational Training Council (VTC) was established under the Vocational Training Council Ordinance to provide programmes from certificate level to higher diploma to suit the needs of people with different educational backgrounds. Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education  Operated by the VTC, the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), the School of Business and Information Systems (SBI) and the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) offer full-time and part-time courses covering nine disciplines for students of  secondary 6 and secondary 3 as well as for working adults. More different types of courses are also provided by other institutions and centres of the VTC. You will be able to find courses that suit your needs and interests for career development. Employees Retraining Board  The “Vocational Development Programme” of the VTC’s Youth College is funded by the Employees Retraining Board's “Youth Training Programme” and is suitable for the non-engaged youth aged 15 to 24 with education attainment at secondary education level or below. The programme consists of “Teen's Programme”, “Modern Apprenticeship Scheme” and “Ethnic Minority Programme”, which offer these youth with various interesting vocational training courses and help them set up a clear direction on their career path. Training programs for construction or clothing industry If you are interested in the construction or in the clothing industry, the Construction Industry Council and the Clothing Industry Training Authority provide full-time training programmes for young people who wish to pursue a career in the related industries. Part-time programmes are also available for in-service personnel to help improve and enhance their skills. Skills Upgrading Scheme Young people should always continue to improve themselves by keeping up-to-date with new information and skills. This is also the main objective of the Skills Upgrading Scheme. The scheme provides targeted training programmes for post-secondary students and for the basic-level work force, helping them to improve their skills. Through collaboration among employers, employees, training institutions and the Government, the scheme also offers high-quality courses which are widely acknowledged by the industry. Details of the Schemes’ courses are easily accessible on internet.

Secondary Education

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)  The New Academic Structure (NAS) implemented in September 2009. Under NAS, all students are expected to complete three years of junior secondary education followed by three years of senior secondary education. Upon completion of this six-year secondary education, students will take the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE), which aims to measure the attainment of students. The HKDSE was administered for the first time in 2012. Most of the candidates are presented by schools. Sub-degree Programmes  Sub-degree programmes (including Higher Diploma and Associate Degree programmes) are independent and valuable qualifications preparing students for employment in associate professional and management positions at entry level, or for articulation to top-up degree programmes. iPASS  You may browse Education Bureau’s website for more information on accredited self-financing post-secondary courses at iPASS. Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority publications  As a student, you have to face issues on your education path and career matters as well as the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE). Reference books are your essential tools to prepare for the examination. Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority publications should be useful to you. There are subject examination reports and question papers covering various aspects of the examination, including the objectives, content and format of the examination, question papers, marking schemes, and examiners' comments on candidates' performance in the examination. You can order your copy online. Career Guidance  Life Planning Information Website of the Education Bureau aims to provide students, teachers, parents and the public with required information of life planning education and careers information handily. Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) You can apply through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) for admission to bachelor’s degree programmes and selected associate degree / higher diploma programmes offered by its participating institutions. All applications will be submitted online and it is easy to get yourself acquainted with the application procedures. Full-time self-financing post-secondary programmes  Besides University Grants Committee (UGC) funded institutions, there are many full-time self-financing post-secondary programmes available. These full-time self-financing post-secondary programmes at sub-degree levels (Associate Degree or Higher Diploma) or above, all meet the Government's quality requirements and are run by different education institutions.  


Hong Kong public examinations The study rooms are always full during the months from March till May, when the major public examination, the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) takes place. If you have to buy Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA)’s publications, you can easily do it online. Other examinations Apart from the HKCEE and HKALE, the HKEAA also conducts other examinations including Test of Proficiency in Putonghua, Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers and a large number of examinations on behalf of local and overseas examining bodies, which include professional bodies, examination boards, colleges and universities. Relieving stress  To alleviate examination stress, you can do some physical exercises to keep yourself in good shape and to reduce stress. In doing so, your examination results are likely to be improved as well.  

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Fund If you want to better equip yourself but also seek some form of financial assistance, you might consider the Continuing Education Fund (CEF).  It subsidises adult learners who enrol in the reimbursable education and training courses. Eligible applicants may submit an unlimited number of claims for reimbursement of course fees on successful completion of CEF reimbursable courses up to a maximum sum of HK$20,000.  The co-payment ratios by learners (i.e. the percentage of course fee to be borne by learners) for the first HK$10,000 subsidy is 20% of the course fee and that for the second HK$10,000 subsidy is 40% of the course fee. Vocational Training Council part-time courses The Government, through collaboration with different educational institutions, offers courses designed for different levels of people. The Vocational Training Council part-time courses offer various types of courses from certificates to higher diplomas for young people and working adults with different academic background and educational attainment. Most Higher Diploma courses are designed with multiple entry and exit points. You can plan your study schedule in accordance with your circumstances and needs. Continuing education courses In addition, other institutions and professional bodies also offer continuing education courses, giving you even more choices. Using the search engine, you can plan your learning according to your interested area of study, college, institution or tuition fee. Yi Jin Diploma  The Government has also launched the Yi Jin Diploma programme which aims to provide an alternative pathway for secondary 6 school leavers as well as adult learners aged 21 or above to obtain a formal qualification for the purposes of employment and further study. Higher-level courses offered by organisations outside Hong Kong  If you are considering courses offered by institutions outside Hong Kong, you have to visit the one-stop information hub for higher-level and professional courses offered by organisations outside Hong Kong. It has a comprehensive list of programmes, frequently asked questions, and other useful tips.