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    23 Mar 2018

    Top apprentices recognised in 
VTC Outstanding Apprentices Award Presentation Ceremony
    Top apprentices recognised in 
VTC Outstanding Apprentices Award Presentation Ceremony
    Top apprentices recognised in 
VTC Outstanding Apprentices Award Presentation Ceremony
    Top apprentices recognised in 
VTC Outstanding Apprentices Award Presentation Ceremony
    Top apprentices recognised in 
VTC Outstanding Apprentices Award Presentation Ceremony

    Top apprentices recognised in
    VTC Outstanding Apprentices Award Presentation Ceremony

    The Guest of Honour, Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services Alfred SIT Wing-hang (third left in second row, VTC Apprenticeship Training Board Chairman Edmond LAI Wing-kok (second left in second row), VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU (second right in second row), Deputy Executive Director Dr Eric LIU Sai-lok (first left in second row), and Senior Assistant Executive Director Deanna TO (first right in second row) congratulate winning apprentices
    The Guest of Honour, Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services Alfred SIT Wing-hang (third left in second row, VTC Apprenticeship Training Board Chairman Edmond LAI Wing-kok (second left in second row), VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU (second right in second row), Deputy Executive Director Dr Eric LIU Sai-lok (first left in second row), and Senior Assistant Executive Director Deanna TO (first right in second row) congratulate winning apprentices
    Outstanding Apprentices were selected by the interview board after nomination of their employers
    Outstanding Apprentices were selected by the interview board after nomination of their employers
    MAN Sin-hang is the first female apprentice from the watch and clock industry to receive an award in the sector
    MAN Sin-hang is the first female apprentice from the watch and clock industry to receive an award in the sector
    A building services engineering industry apprentice Wong Ka-chun indicates a strong interest in green building projects
    A building services engineering industry apprentice Wong Ka-chun indicates a strong interest in green building projects
    In early March, the successful apprentices were awarded the opportunity of an exchange tour to Singapore for national enterprises and conglomerates’ visit
    In early March, the successful apprentices were awarded the opportunity of an exchange tour to Singapore for national enterprises and conglomerates’ visit
    The 2017 Outstanding Apprentices Award Presentation Ceremony organised by the Vocational Training Council (VTC) was held yesterday (22 March). In recognition of the exemplary performance of fourteen apprentices, the Award encourages them to keep shining in their trades through professional knowledge and skills. Amongst the awardees, a first ever female apprentice from the watch and clock sector has clinched the accolade in the industry while another award went to a building services engineering industry apprentice who indicates a strong interest in green building projects.

    At the ceremony, the Guest of Honour, Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services Alfred SIT Wing-hang said, “The Apprenticeship and Training Schemes integrate employment and study, grooming apprentices into technical professionals. The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) has long been a close partner of VTC in nurturing quality talents to fulfil the keen demand for manpower in local electrical and mechanical industries.”

    Edmond LAI Wing-kok, Chairman of the VTC Apprenticeship Training Board said the apprenticeship and training schemes play a part in the success of the Hong Kong economy. Young people receive structured training at work and in class, acquiring practical experience, professional skills and knowledge with clear paths to progress. In recent years, apprenticeship training has gained the staunch support of the Government and industry which attracts more young people to join the schemes as apprentices.

    The Outstanding Apprentices Awardees come from different professional sectors such as aircraft maintenance, building services engineering, rail transportation and electrical engineering. One of the outstanding apprentices, WONG Ka-chun, is from the building services engineering sector. He is serving in a well-established engineering company in Hong Kong, REC Engineering Company Limited, as Building Services Technician Apprentice. After completing secondary school, he joined the Apprenticeship Training Scheme. Since then, he has been taking a part-time Higher Diploma programme in Building Services Engineering offered by the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) while working on the electrical installation and ventilation projects of the company. Over the last two years, he has completed the Higher Diploma and progressed to a top-up degree programme. Because of his diligent and conscientious working attitude, Ka-chun has promoted from the Apprentice to the Assistant Technical Engineer. Next year he will graduate from both the apprenticeship scheme and the degree programme. He aspires to be a chartered building services engineer in three years’ time after accumulating sufficient working experience. Ka-chun explained, “The Apprenticeship and Training Schemes help youngsters to gain deep understanding of the industry which is useful to our employment and promotion. I have immense interest in green building and wish to be involved in building services engineering projects of sustainability in the near future.”

    Another outstanding apprentice MAN Sin-hang comes from the watch and clock industry and is the first female apprentice to receive an award in the sector. She is currently working in the City Chain Company Limited as Watch Technical Assistant Apprentice where she is required to repair various types of watches and clocks. During her studies in junior secondary school, she fell in love with timepieces. She was fascinated by the precise and seamless designs as well as the interactive movement between gears and components inside a watch. With the dedication to pursue her interest in timepieces, she enrolled in the Diploma of Vocational Education (Watch and Clock) programme of Youth College upon graduation from Secondary 5 in 2015 as part of the VTC Earn & Learn Scheme. She has been working for four days and studying in Youth College for one day a week. Thanks to the integrated training mode, she is able to accommodate the fast-paced job. “I learn the structure and components of watch and clock in the classroom while gaining professional repair skills at the workplace.” Sin-hang is thankful for her employer’s dedicated effort in nurturing young apprentices. Designated colleagues are assigned to teach her skills about assembling, maintenance and diagnosing problems of watches and clocks. In the male-dominated world of timepiece repairs, she thinks that the female’s attention to detail will be an advantage. She hopes to design and produce a unique watch in the future to pay tribute to people who have given her a helping hand in the study journey. To broaden her horizons, she is also eager to visit Switzerland to learn more about timepieces.

    This year, a total of 214 registered apprentices were nominated for the Outstanding Apprentices Award. 32 of them were invited to the final round of interview. Eventually 12 were selected and two others shortlisted for the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Outstanding Apprentice Awards. The successful apprentices were also awarded the opportunity of an exchange visit to Singapore in early March. Together they toured local national enterprises and conglomerates, which expanded their horizons in health technology, catering management and apprenticeship schemes. In August last year, some apprentices were nominated by their employers to participate in another exchange programme to the United Kingdom for a company visit. The Office of the Director of Apprenticeship will continue to arrange exchange and study programmes to help apprentices develop their international exposure.

    Established in 1982, the Vocational Training Council(VTC)is the largest vocational and professional education and training provider in Hong Kong with some 250,000 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 support to industries for their manpower development. VTC has 13 member institutions, namely 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), the Hotel and Tourism Institute (HTI), the Chinese Culinary Institute (CCI), the International Culinary Institute (ICI), the Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI), Youth College, Pro-Act by VTC, the Integrated Vocational Development Centre (IVDC) and the Shine Skills Centre. Website: www.vtc.edu.hk

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    Annex: List of 2017 Outstanding Apprentices
     1. CHAN Yu-tik      Mechanic of The Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited
     2. CHIU Chun-fai  Construction Plant Mechanic Apprentice of Hanison Construction Company Limited
     3. KONG Wing-yi  Construction Technician Apprentice of Hip Hing Construction Company Limited
     4. KWOK Wai-lok  Technician of The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited
     5. LI Chun-yu  Quantity Surveying Technician Apprentice of Chevalier (Construction) Company Limited      
     6. MAN Kwok-keung  Construction Supervisor of Gammon Construction Limited
     7. MAN Sin-hang  Watch Technical Assistant Apprentice of City Chain Company Limited
     8. NG Kwok-tung  Lift Electrician Apprentice of Schindler Lifts (Hong Kong) Limited
     9. SO Muk-wa  Tradesman of MTR Corporation Limited
     10. TSUI Wai-lam  Construction Technician Apprentice of CR Construction Company Limited
     11. WONG Ka-chun  Building Services Technician Apprentice of REC Engineering Company Limited
    12. YEUNG Tung  Technician of Hongkong International Terminals Limited
    13. *LAU Ka-shing  Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic II of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited
    14. *POON Chun-kit  Technician of MTR Corporation Limited

     * Recipients of Sir Edward Youde Memorial Outstanding Apprentice Awards


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