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【#LifePlanning】Five Stories of Life Planning

The beginning of work life marks the beginning of another life stage. While there are a vast variety of occupations and industry prospects, it is natural to ponder the way to make informed and suitable decisions for our career plan in the future. A video titled “The Five Stories of Life Planning” which features five life stories about self-discovery and career exploration is produced by “La Violet Charity Foundation” (Chinese version only), a funded organisation of the “Funding Scheme for Youth Life Planning Activities”. The interviewees come from different walks of life. They are Shala, a Singer and a Composer; Zowie, a Media Editor; Ranger, a Business Development Officer of a social enterprise; Wing, a Community Tour Guide; and Hannah, a Marketing Manager of a social enterprise. Let’s listen to their life stories and advice on life planning. “The Five Stories of Life Planning” (Source: The Youth Development Commission Facebook Page)  About “Funding Scheme for Youth Life Planning Activities” The Youth Development Commission provides subsidies for non-governmental organisations to work in collaboration with secondary schools in organising a wide variety of life planning projects for the youth under the “Funding Scheme for Youth Life Planning Activities” (the Scheme). By offering in-depth, appropriate and continuous individual counselling services, the Scheme aims at helping the youth to search for their life goals and to be well prepared for the next life stage. For more information, please visit the ydc.gov.hk website.

Financial Assistance for Working Youth

To meet the increasing requirements of the modern world, self-enhancement and on-the-job training is a very common practice to stay competitive. There are numerous self-supporting schemes that provide aid to young people who want to have training in their spare time. Continuing Education Fund The Continuing Education Fund (CEF) subsidises adults who aspire to further their education through continuing 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. Sir Edward Youde Memorial Outstanding Apprentice Awards  The Sir Edward Youde Memorial Outstanding Apprentice Awards gives recognition and encouragement to young people who do not proceed through the formal education system but instead continue to pursue their development potential by undertaking a course of technical training and a period of apprenticeship for a designated trade under the Apprenticeship Ordinance. Sir Edward Youde Memorial Awards for Self-improvement for Working Adults The Sir Edward Youde Memorial Awards for Self-improvement for Working Adults fosters the spirit of lifelong learning and constant quest for excellence and improvement. Non-means-tested Loan Scheme  You may also apply for loans under the Non-means-tested Loan Scheme to pay tuition fee. Financial Assistance Scheme for Designated Evening Adult Education Courses Under the Financial Assistance Scheme for Designated Evening Adult Education Courses, you can be entitled to 30%, 50% or 100% reimbursement of the tuition fee paid, subject to meeting the prescribed criteria. Sea-going Training Incentive Scheme  Graduates from a recognised maritime training institute employed as Deck or Engineer cadets may join the Sea-going Training Incentive Scheme, under which a cadet will receive monthly incentive during the training period.