07 May 2012
First Youth Construction Discovery Challenge concluded
The demand for construction manpower is rising following development of the ten major infrastructural projects. To enhance the understanding of young people on construction professions, the Vocational Training Council (VTC) co-organised the First Youth Construction Discovery Challenge with the Construction Industry Council. At the prize presentation ceremony held last Saturday (5 May), SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School was awarded the Gold Prize.
Carrie LAM, Secretary for Development, addressed the audience and said she hoped students could benefit from the contest which enabled them to understand various aspects of the construction industry and identify their career interests. This would encourage them to enter the industry in the future to build up Hong Kong as a premium city.
The awarded proposal by SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School was titled “Infinity”. The work proposed reconstruction of the school on the same site to a multi-purpose green building. Their design took into account the geographic contours of the school and proposed to tap the light in an environmental-friendly way according to the angles of sunlight. Moreover, part of the rooftop was to be covered by plantations for energy conservation to reduce heating from direct sunlight. The outer ring of the rooftop would be turned into a jogging lane to make best use of the space available. The work further won the merit awards of two more categories under judging, respectively functionality and presentation.
The contest attracted 40 teams from some 30 secondary schools. Each competing team had to submit a unique improvement solution on their campuses and create a model or display boards for presentation to the judging panel. Every competing team was mentored by a veteran from the construction industry, who advised and supervised on the students’ work. Through this, students were able to absorb knowledge in professional areas like architecture, surveying and design. The judging criteria were based on real life building requirements and emphasised functionality, creativity, sustainability and cost effectiveness as well as presentation, delivery and team spirit.
Established in 1982, the Vocational Training Council（VTC）is the largest vocational education, training and professional development group in Hong Kong with some 240,000 students and trainees each year. The mission of VTC is to provide a valued choice to school leavers and working people to acquire the values, knowledge and skills for lifelong learning and enhanced employability, and also to provide valued supports to industries for their manpower development. VTC has 13 member institutions including the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi), the Institute of Professional Education And Knowledge (PEAK), the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE), the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), Pro-Act by VTC, Hospitality Industry Training and Development Centre (HITDC), Chinese Cuisine Training Institute (CCTI), Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI), Youth College, Integrated Vocational Development Centre (IVDC), Yeo Chei Man Senior Secondary School and Shine Skills Centre.