Skip to main content
Open/Close Side Menu Open/Close Main Menu
Start of Content

News Highlights

VTC showcases achievements of vocational education in Worlddidac Asia 2015 recognises performance of outstanding apprentices

18 March 2015

The Vocational Training Council (VTC) participates in the 3-day Worlddidac Asia 2015 (18 to 20 March 2015) to showcase to the international education sector and the public the crowning achievements of vocational education.
 
VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN shared with education leaders and experts from across the world the development of vocational education in the Asia Education Leaders Forum, “With shifting demands for a workforce with more varied and holistic skills as well as changes resulting from the impact of technological advances and increased globalisation, vocation education is poised to take on an enlightened approach to learning. In addition to specialised trade skills, vocational education in Hong Kong focuses on the acquisition of 3 key skills similar to that of the Swiss and German vocation education system, and these are namely ‘problem solving skills,’ ‘social skills,’ and ‘method skills.’ These skills are underpinned by a core requirement – a strong sense of ethics that will bring with them into their work lives.”  
 
Dr CHEN remarked through-train pathway has been provided in vocational education system to address the aspirations of students for further education and provide opportunities for their upward mobility, the clearly defined pathway from junior operative level to degree and professional level; and on to lifelong learning. It is hoped that with an integrated education system, people can bring along their qualifications to move to and from the streams of vocational education and academic education. When such a flexible model is fully activated in Hong Kong, it will not constrain students from choosing the vocational education.  
 
At Worlddidac Asia 2015, VTC showcases winning engineering projects from students at international and local competitions including their solar-powered car SOPHIE, a project that clinched the 3rd runner up in the World Solar Challenge 2013 in Australia; as well as a robot playing badminton as part of the IVE Engineering Robocon team. Another key showcase is the contest involving competitors from China, Taiwan, Macao and local IVE engineering students being required to develop a mechatronic system from scratch.  Their knowledge and skills on mechanics, electronics and computing are tested.
 
Held for the first time in Hong Kong, Worlddidac 2015 gathers 100 leading enterprises from over 10 countries to present various types of innovative educational products and shares professional hardware and insights on advancing teaching and learning. Some are first-ever displays in Asia. Well-known keynote speakers at the forums include Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia and Dr Yong Zhao, famed book author from the USA.
 
Concurrently, VTC recognised 12 outstanding apprentices and 14 apprentices of excellent performance for their performance in the 2014 Outstanding Apprentice/Trainee Awards Presentation Ceremony.
 
This year the awardees (name list in Annex) came from different industries including electrical engineering, automobile, gas and building services. Two of them were conferred the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Outstanding Apprentice Awards at the same time with a HK$5,000 cash prize. The 12 outstanding apprentices/trainees were arranged to join an exchange programme to Singapore in March. They visited campus of the Institute of Technical Education and were apprised of the latest development of apprenticeship training and education system of Singapore. They also visited a renowned galvanising factory and an auto servicing plant to get to know firsthand the apprentice workplace there.

Established in 1982, the Vocational Training Council (VTC) is the largest vocational and professional education and training rpoviderprovider 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 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) , 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.

VTC web site: www.vtc.edu.hk

Media Enquiry:2836 1340 / 2836 1047         



Annex:  List of 2014 Outstanding Apprentice / Trainee Awardees

 
1. CHENG Pak-hei * Technician of The Jardine Engineering Corporation, Limited
 
2. HO King-ning * Technician of The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited
3. CHAN Chun-kit Assistant Building Services Engineer of Sanfield (Management) Limited
4. TO Lung-tim Mechanical Fitter of VIBRO (H.K.) LIMITED
5. TONG Wai-kan Technician of MTR Corporation Limited
6. HUI Tat-chung Mechanic of The Kowloon Motor Bus Co. (1933) Ltd.
7. CHAN Kwok-shing Craft Apprentice in Electrical Fitter of CLP Power Hong Kong Limited
8. PO Wing-chun Technician of Electrical and Mechanical Services Department
9. CHAN Ho-hin Electrician of MTR Corporation Limited
 
10. CHAN Ting-ting Quantity Surveying Technician Apprentice of Gammon Construction Limited
11. LAU Ka-wai Construction Technician Apprentice of Gammon Construction Limited
12. LAI Siu-ming Technician of Shui On Building Contractors Limited
 
* Recipients of Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Outstanding Apprentice Awards

                 
Speaking at the Asia Education Leaders Forum, VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN shared the development of vocational education in Hong Kong and said it focuses on the acquisition of four key skills and a strong sense of ethics.
Speaking at the Asia Education Leaders Forum, VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN shared the development of vocational education in Hong Kong and said it focuses on the acquisition of four key skills and a strong sense of ethics.
VTC showcased outstanding student works in Worlddidac Asia 2015
VTC showcased outstanding student works in Worlddidac Asia 2015
Twelve outstanding apprentices were recognised for their performance
Twelve outstanding apprentices were recognised for their performance
Twelve outstanding apprentices were arranged to join an exchange tour to Singapore in March to broaden their horizon
Twelve outstanding apprentices were arranged to join an exchange tour to Singapore in March to broaden their horizon