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IT Study Corner If you are interested in pursuing a career in the information technology field, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) has set up a "Study Corner" on its website to consolidate information on all full-time locally-accredited Information and Communications Technology post-secondary programmes offered by local tertiary institutions. The programmes are categorised into three areas: Fintech, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, and cover Degree Programmes, Top-up / Senior Year Places Degree Programmes and Sub-degree Programmes. Information about their funding is also provided. Young people can make use of the information to plan for their study and career path at different stages. Gangway to a Maritime Career How about a career in the maritime industry? Good news! As long as you are 16.5 years old and have completed Secondary 3 or above, then you are eligible. The Maritime Services Training Institute of the VTC offers the Certificate for Junior General Purpose Ratings, a 23-week full-time course which provides fundamental knowledge about the industry. As an approved programme under the Local Vessel Trade Training Incentive Scheme, it is sponsored by the Maritime and Aviation Training Fund of the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board. The majority of the course graduates are employed to serve on local tugs, bunker barge, harbour ferries or high-speed ferries, etc., while the rest work in maritime-related trades. Having gained the required maritime service experience, graduates may further enhance their skills and develop their career by sitting for the examinations of the Certificates of Competency, Class 3 Deck Officer (River Trade) or Grade 3 Coxswain (Local Vessel).
Scope of the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP) was expanded from the 2019-20 academic year to benefit students enrolling in designated sub-degree programmes . To meet keen manpower demand in specific industries, the scheme will subsidise a total 2 416 places in 31 sub-degree programmes of six post-secondary institutions, namely Caritas Bianchi College of Careers, HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College, Hong Kong College of Technology, The Open University of Hong Kong (including Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education), Tung Wah College and YMCA College of Careers, for the 2020/21 academic year. These 31 designated sub-degree programmes fall under six disciplines, namely architecture and engineering, computer science, creative industries, health care, sports and recreation, and tourism and hospitality. The subsidy amounts will be adjusted according to the movement of the Composite Consumer Price Index. The annual subsidy amounts for laboratory-based programmes and non-laboratory-based programmes will be increased to $37 300 and $21 400 respectively. Eligible students will pay tuition fees after netting off the subsidy. The tuition fee and more information of the programmes for the 2020/21 academic year will be available via SSSDP webpage.