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    Dr 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 
    Gold Bauhinia Star (GBS)
    Justice of the Peace (JP) 
     


    Dr 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 education and training (VET) as well as furthering the development of the Council. 
     
    As the Executive Director of Hong Kong’s largest public organisation in VET, Dr Yau administers a 
    HK$4 billion budget and leads 5,500 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.
     
    Dr 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 the WorldSkills Competition cum Carnival 2014 aiming at promoting skills excellence and enhancing community awareness in VET with a record of 25,000 visitors; “Earn & Learn” pilot schemes to meet manpower shortfall in major industries, including electrical & mechanical services, retail and print media.  Also, major capital projects are underway including the construction of a new International Culinary Institute to groom talents in international culinary arts; a 12-storey student dormitory; and a new campus for the degree awarding Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi). 
    Dr 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 VTC Training Boards, Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Singapore, PMQ Management Co. Ltd., Task Force on Promotion of Vocational Education, and Employees Retraining Board, Dr Yau’s mission is to enhance the attractiveness of vocational education and foster close ties with industries. 
     
    Dr 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 Dr Yau included crisis management issues relating to Vietnamese Boat People, SARS, avian flu; and coordination of international events like 2000 ITU Telecom Asia and 2008 Olympic Equestrian Events.