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    10 May 2018

    MoU signing of VTC—ServiceIQ 
Referencing New Zealand experience on workplace assessment
    MoU signing of VTC—ServiceIQ 
Referencing New Zealand experience on workplace assessment
    MoU signing of VTC—ServiceIQ 
Referencing New Zealand experience on workplace assessment
    MoU signing of VTC—ServiceIQ 
Referencing New Zealand experience on workplace assessment

    MoU signing of VTC—ServiceIQ
    Referencing New Zealand experience on workplace assessment

    VTC Senior Assistant Executive Director, Deanna TO (front row, left) and Chief Executive Officer of ServiceIQ, Dean MINCHINGTON (front row, right) sign the MoU, in the presence of Consul-General of New Zealand in Hong Kong, Carl WORKER (back row, second right) and Trade Commissioner of New Zealand Trade in Hong Kong, Rachael MCGUCKIAN (back row, first right) , VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU (back row, second left) and Deputy Executive Director Josephine KEA (back row, first left)
    VTC Senior Assistant Executive Director, Deanna TO (front row, left) and Chief Executive Officer of ServiceIQ, Dean MINCHINGTON (front row, right) sign the MoU, in the presence of Consul-General of New Zealand in Hong Kong, Carl WORKER (back row, second right) and Trade Commissioner of New Zealand Trade in Hong Kong, Rachael MCGUCKIAN (back row, first right) , VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU (back row, second left) and Deputy Executive Director Josephine KEA (back row, first left)
    VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU says that the signing of the MoU between VTC and ServiceIQ opens up education links between New Zealand and Hong Kong.
    VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU says that the signing of the MoU between VTC and ServiceIQ opens up education links between New Zealand and Hong Kong.
    Chief Executive Officer of ServiceIQ Dean MINCHINGTON says that there have been various sharing sessions between ServiceIQ and VTC which have helped both parties understand each other better.
    Chief Executive Officer of ServiceIQ Dean MINCHINGTON says that there have been various sharing sessions between ServiceIQ and VTC which have helped both parties understand each other better.
    Consul-General of New Zealand in Hong Kong Carl WORKER (second right) and representatives of ServiceIQ pay a visit to VTC Pokfulam Complex and tour around teaching facilities of culinary, catering services and training hotel.
    Consul-General of New Zealand in Hong Kong Carl WORKER (second right) and representatives of ServiceIQ pay a visit to VTC Pokfulam Complex and tour around teaching facilities of culinary, catering services and training hotel.
    The Vocational Training Council (VTC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ServiceIQ, an Industry Training Organisation of New Zealand today (10 May), to strengthen the collaboration of the two organisations with a particular focus on the successful experience of workplace assessment in New Zealand. VTC plans to introduce workplace assessment and web-based workplace assessment platform with a view to integrating learning and practice, thereby strengthening students’ professional skills and recognition of qualifications, providing industry with more quality manpower.

    The MoU Signing Ceremony between ServiceIQ and VTC was held in the presence of the Consul-General of New Zealand in Hong Kong, Carl WORKER, Trade Commissioner of New Zealand in Hong Kong, Rachael MCGUCKIAN, and VTC Executive Director, Carrie YAU and Deputy Executive Director, Josephine KEA. VTC will work closely with ServiceIQ on workplace assessment and on-the-job training through experience sharing, staff exchange, visits, and more.

    New Zealand has launched workplace assessment, which is jointly implemented by the government, recognised professional organisations and various industry training organisations, for years. ServiceIQ is the industry training organisation recognised by the New Zealand government that provides training support for the service industries including aviation, hospitality, museums, travel, tourism and retail sectors. It sets relevant standards with industries and the government, develop industry-relevant training programmes, and arranges on-the-job training.

    Chief Executive Officer of ServiceIQ, Dean MINCHINGTON said, “Over the last two years, there have been various sharing sessions including ServiceIQ staff from New Zealand visiting with VTC which have helped us understand each other better.” He continued to say, “In recognition that there will be differences in how on-the-job training and workplace assessment is conducted in Hong Kong, we see the opportunity in working with VTC as one to co-create a ‘best practice’ approach appropriate to Asian markets.”

    VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU visited the provisions of ServiceIQ in New Zealand’s capital city Wellington and in Auckland last year, and was greatly impressed by its high quality on-job training, workplace assessment practices, and dedication to empowering people for success. She remarked, “The signing of the MoU between VTC and ServiceIQ, which opens up education links between New Zealand and Hong Kong, is extremely meaningful. It signifies our commitment to strengthening workplace training and assessment. It also lays a foundation for further collaboration in promoting VPET in Hong Kong.”

    The success of VPET highly relies on the integrated learning and job attachment which requires participation of students, trainers and employers. Workplace assessment marries learning with practice in its assessment standard to gauge the practical skills of students and their ability to utilise professional knowledge, which will raise the quality of teaching and training.

    In 2018/19 academic year, VTC is going to pilot web-based workplace assessment in Diploma of Vocational Education (Hotel Studies) offered by Youth College, a member institution of VTC. Students will be provided with authentic training opportunities in a training hotel during their studies. Through the online assessment platform, students’ performance and skills will be assessed real-time. The web-based workplace assessment will be further extended to more disciplines and interdisciplinary programmes to enhance the dual-track learning outcomes. While students’ performance and skills at work could be formally recognised, employers can also make reference to the assessment results for identifying suitable candidates for their companies.

    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 (THEithe Institute of Professional Education And Knowledge (PEAK) the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE)the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVEthe Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) , Hotel and Tourism Institute (HTI) , Chinese Cuisine Institute (CCI) , International Culinary Institute (ICI) , Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) Youth College , Pro-Act by VTC Integrated Vocational Development Centre (IVDC) and Shine Skills Centre.

    Website: www.vtc.edu.hk

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