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    Mrs Carrie Yau, GBS, JP


    Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law, Northumbria University
    Bachelor of Social Sciences and Master of Arts of the University of Hong Kong
    Industrial Fellow, University of Warwick, UK
    Gold Bauhinia Star (GBS)
    Justice of the Peace (JP)


    Mrs Carrie Yau was appointed on 1 January 2013 as the Executive Director of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), a statutory body established under VTC Ordinance, with responsibilities for promoting vocational and professional education and training (VPET) as well as furthering the development of the Council.

    As the Executive Director of Hong Kong’s largest public organisation in VPET, Mrs Yau administers a HK$4 billion budget and leads 6,000 staff members offering a quarter of million learners every year including 50,000 full-time students the opportunity to upgrade themselves with the acquisition of valuable vocational credentials.

    Mrs Yau is committed to promoting skills excellence, youth development, forging strategic partnership with industry and international cooperation.  Under her leadership, the VTC has taken forward new initiatives including internationalisation programmes; technology enhanced training; new STEM and BIM centres; the VPET International Conference 2017; WorldSkills Hong Kong Competition cum Carnival 2014 & 2017; and VTC Earn & Learn Scheme to meet manpower demands in major industries.  Also, new state-of-the-art facilities are underway including the construction of a new International Culinary Institute to groom talent in international culinary arts and a new campus for the degree awarding Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi).

    Mrs Yau has served on numerous boards and committees in the commerce, industry and education sectors.  Currently, she is the Official Delegate of WorldSkills Hong Kong.  As a Member of a number of boards and committees including Board of Governors of Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Singapore, Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board, Judging Panel of Young Industrialist Awards of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority Council and Employees Retraining Board, Mrs Yau’s mission is to enhance the attractiveness of VPET and foster close ties with industries. In recognition of her significant contribution to STEM education, Mrs Yau was awarded the honorary title of Industrial Fellow by the University of Warwick in 2017.

    Mrs Yau started her career as an Administrative Officer in the Hong Kong Government in 1977.  She then worked in major policy areas including security, building and lands, education and manpower, transport, health and food safety.  She was Deputy Secretary for Security from 1995 to 1997, Director of Administration from 1997 to 2000, Secretary for Information Technology and Broadcasting from 2000 to 2002, Permanent Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food from 2002 to 2007, Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs from 2007 to 2010.  The major assignments handled by Mrs Yau included crisis management issues relating to Vietnamese Boat People, SARS, avian flu; and coordination of international events like 2000 ITU Telecom Asia, 2008 Olympic Equestrian Events and 2009 East Asian Games.