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Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care Services opens for application

The Social Welfare Department has launched the Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care Services (the Navigation Scheme) to provide opportunities of employment and training, including a two-year part-time course under government subsidy, for young people who are interested to work in the elderly and rehabilitation care services, so that they may develop their profession along an established career path through on-the-job training.Target TraineesThe target trainees are young people aged 17 to 29 who have completed Form 5 education or possess an equivalent qualification.Details of the Navigation SchemeYoung people participating in the Navigation Scheme will be arranged to take up care work in elderly or rehabilitation service units.  Before that, the operating agencies shall arrange for young people to attend an orientation programme, including personal care worker training and a first aid certificate course, to equip them for entering the care sector.  Besides, the elderly and rehabilitation service units offering job placements shall provide mentorship as well as employment guidance and support for young people to facilitate their adaptation to the work environment.After taking up employment, participants will be invited to attend a two-year part-time diploma course at a qualified training institute.  The course fee will be processed on a reimbursement basis.  Fees will be reimbursed to the trainees annually upon their successful completion of the course each year with a certificate issued by the training institute. Upon successful completion of the two-year part-time study, the young recruits will be recognised for having a qualification at Qualification Framework Levels 3 or 4.  Those interested in developing their career in the care service and meeting relevant eligibility criteria may, on the basis of their multi-skills qualification, pursue other training courses on their own initiative and move further up their career ladder in the social welfare care sector. The operating agencies will keep in view the employment status of the trainees in the social welfare service units after the latter’s completion of the Navigation Scheme.      Career ladder of the Navigation SchemeStep 1> Young people have completed Form 5 or possess an equivalent qualification joining the Navigation SchemeStep 2> Orientation Programme (including personal care training and first aid training)Step 3> Job Placement as Care Workers in the Service UnitStep 4> Two-year Part-time Diploma Course (including Health Worker Training Course in the first year)Step 5> Successfully registered as Health Workers on completion of the first-year study and promoted to Health WorkerStep 6> Two-year Part-time Diploma Course (including relevant health care/multi-skills trainings in the second year)Step 7> Upon completion of the Two-year Part-time Diploma Course, trainees possessing the relevant qualification pursue other training courses / move further up their career ladder in the social welfare care sector How to applyYoung people interested to join the Navigation Scheme may contact the operating agencies listed below.Caritas - Hong Kong Telephone: 3589 2268      E-mail: hons@caritassws.org.hkEvangelical Lutheran Church Social Service - Hong KongTelephone: 2467 7040 / 5115 4177     E-mail: yns@elchk.org.hk Haven of Hope Christian Service Telephone: 2643 3365          E-mail: nsypinfo@hohcs.org.hk Tung Wah Group of HospitalsTelephone: 3525 1218 / 6177 3404     E-mail: navigation@tungwah.org.hkYang Memorial Methodist Social Service Telephone: 2609 1855    E-mail: ns@yang.org.hk Enquiry     For further enquiries about details of the Navigation Scheme, please contact 2892 5560 (from Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm, except public holidays) or send email to elderly2@swd.gov.hk