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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.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 SchemeTrainees participating in the Navigation Scheme will be arranged to take up care work in elderly or rehabilitation service units.  The operating agencies shall arrange trainees to attend an orientation programme (including a first aid certificate course and personal care worker training) 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 trainees to facilitate their adaptation to the working environment.After taking up employment, trainees 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 diploma course, trainees will be recognised for having a qualification at Qualification Framework Levels 3 or 4. For those who are interested in developing their career in the care service and meeting relevant eligibility criteria, they 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.      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 / 6239 5584    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. For details, please visit the website of Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care Services of Social Welfare Department.

Assistant Social Work Officer

“I remember that when I was living in the university dormitory, the dormitory supervisor always told us to make a difference; this is precisely the belief of a social worker. Therefore with my capability I decided to embark on the career path of social work to help the needy and disadvantaged groups in order to make a difference for the community.” Edmond, Assistant Social Work Officer “In many aspects, the work of a social worker at Social Welfare Department is different from that at the non-government organisations. For example, certain posts such as probation officer, psychiatric-medical social worker or adoption social worker, are only available at the Social Welfare Department.” Zoe, Assistant Social Work Officer Please watch our video to find out more information about the work of an Assistant Social Work Officer and its career prospect. Organisation chart

Social Security Officer

Social Security Officers are very busy, they have to deal with many computer- and paper- work everyday, but every application form represents the family in need! Joseph, as a Social Security Officer, said he hopes the workload can be decreased in the future. Why did he say so? Organisation chart

Why choose to be a Social Worker at the SWD?

        “Why do you want to be a social worker?”Almost every social worker has to give an answer to that question, to oneself and most probably to the interviewers as well.The answer could be quite simple, “To help the needy and the underprivileged.” “Then why do you choose to work at the Social Welfare Department?”Edmond and Zoe, social workers of the Social Welfare Department, hold their beliefs: to use their abilities to help the beneficiaries. Zoe worked at an Integrated Family Service Centre when she first joined the Social Welfare Department. Her duties included providing consultation, counselling and referral services, as well as organising counselling groups and activities for members of the public. She regarded the work at the Social Welfare Department different from that in a non-government organisation to a certain extent. Posts such as Probation Officer, Medical Social Worker at a Psychiatric Department of a hospital and Social Worker at the Adoption Unit are unique to the Social Welfare Department. Every day there could be unexpected situations, making the work of a social worker a challenging one.Edmond is currently working at the Medical Social Services Unit which mainly provides counselling service for psychiatric patients and their families and utilizes available social resources to facilitate their re-integration into society. He pointed out that social workers at the Social Welfare Department are required to perform law-related duties and prepare legal reports, which pose challenges to their abilities in investigation, organisation and report-writing. It is always the mission of a social worker to do their utmost to help and stand by every beneficiary. Contributing Editor: Sophie