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Hong Kong contestants clinch silver and bronze prizes in GHMC Youth Skills Competition

2 November 2018

Fifteen competitors from Hong Kong came away with a silver prize (Patisserie and Confectionery trade) and a bronze prize (Restaurant Service) in the 10th Guangzhou/Hong Kong/Macao/Chengdu (GHMC) Youth Skills Competition concluded on Wednesday (31 October) in Macao. Hong Kong contestants also won merit prizes in Fashion Technology and Web Design trades in the competition (please refer to the Annex for the list of Hong Kong winners). The excellent record is a testimony to the professional skill of young tradesmen in Hong Kong as those in other neighbouring regions and together they help drive sustainable development of the industries and economy in the region.

The closing ceremony was held in Roman Amphitheatre of Macau Fisherman’s Wharf on Wednesday. At the ceremony, Vocational Training Council (VTC) Chairman Dr Roy CHUNG said the manpower of tomorrow should possess varied key competencies like problem solving, creative thinking and team management. He said enhancing multiple competences was high on the agenda of educators across the globe and VTC placed a premium on developing soft skills of the students, nurturing their abilities in digital application, creative thinking and team work. “The Competition provided an excellent platform for the young competitors to enhance their skill level, learn how to solve problems with creative thinking, and communicate with teammates, all of which help steel their resolve”, Dr CHUNG said.

This year’s Competition covered five trades including Electrical Installations, Fashion Technology, Patisserie and Confectionery, Restaurant Service, and Web Design. Hong Kong fielded 15 contestants to compete in the four-city tournament.

Graduate of Diploma in Bakery, Pastry and Confectionery programme of VTC member institution, International Culinary Institute (ICI), CHAN Yin-wah, won silver prize in the Patisserie and Confectionery trade. She was also selected as the Outstanding Hong Kong Competitor. Yin-wah said the Competition posed a challenge to various skills and food knowledge, including chocolate, sugar and marzipan art. To prepare for the Competition, she particularly learnt the technique of making pulled sugar and the award was a testimonial to her professional skills. She hopes that she can represent Hong Kong to take part in the WorldSkills Kazan held in Russia next year.

YU Pui-kei, graduate of Diploma in Food and Beverage Operations programme of Hotel and Tourism Institute (HTI), another VTC member institution, won a bronze prize in the Restaurant Service trade. She said contestants were required to make cocktails, open bottles of red and white wine and give an introduction, and set a dining table. They had to demonstrate professional serving technique, effective communication skills and proper etiquette towards customers. The two-day competition was physically demanding but could train various skills in a short period of time. It helps her future career in hospitality sector.

A first ever fashion catwalk show was held at the closing ceremony this year to present competitors’ entries of the Fashion Technology trade. The outfits with matching accessories showcased the delicate design and sewing skills. The theme of the Fashion Technology trade was evening wear, requiring contestants to make an elegant evening gown in two days to test their design thinking, tailoring and sewing craft.

Public were invited to experience professional skills at the booths arranged by the organizer. Say, the Virtual Reality (VR) Baseball Game co-developed by VTC students and teachers let users play baseball and became a pitcher by putting on VR glasses. The Halloween Makeup Booth had Hong Kong winner of the WorldSkills Competition in the “Beauty Care” trade applied festive facial and hand paints on visitors. Many visitors joined the workshop to make their own unique painted masks.

Jointly organised by the VTC, Guangzhou Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, Macao SAR Labour Affairs Bureau and Chengdu Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, the GHMC Youth Skills Competition is organised biennially in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macao and Chengdu on a rotation basis. VTC, the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Clothing Industry Training Authority (CITA) jointly organise the WorldSkills Hong Kong Competition to advance professional skills and handpick outstanding young tradesmen to represent Hong Kong in the biennial GHMC Youth Skills Competition and the WorldSkills Competition.

Established in 1982, the Vocational Training Council (VTC) is the largest vocational and professional education and training provider in Hong Kong. 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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Competition Trade Competitor Prize
Patisserie and Confectionery CHAN Yin-wah,
Graduate of Diploma in Bakery, Pastry and Confectionery,
International Culinary Institute (ICI)
Silver
(also selected as the Outstanding Hong Kong Competitor)
Restaurant Services YU Pui-kei,
Graduate of Diploma in Food and Beverage Operations,
Hotel and Tourism Institute (HTI)
Bronze
Web Design CHENG Shun-on,
Graduate of Higher Diploma in Software Engineering,
Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE)
Merit
Fashion Technology Reika NG Pui-yu,
Graduate of Higher Diploma in Fashion Design,
Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI)
Merit

Hong Kong fields fifteen competitors for five trades, who compare notes and benchmark skills with Guangzhou, Macao and Chengdu to strengthen the manpower training of the four areas
Hong Kong fields fifteen competitors for five trades, who compare notes and benchmark skills with Guangzhou, Macao and Chengdu to strengthen the manpower training of the four areas
VTC Chairman Dr Roy CHUNG says the Competition provides an excellent platform for the entrants to learn problem solving skills with creative thinking alongside skills upgrade
VTC Chairman Dr Roy CHUNG says the Competition provides an excellent platform for the entrants to learn problem solving skills with creative thinking alongside skills upgrade
Graduate of Diploma in Bakery, Pastry and Confectionery programme of VTC member institution, ICI, CHAN Yin-wah, is delighted to obtain a silver prize in the Patisserie and Confectionery trade. She hopes she can take part in the WorldSkills Kazan next year on Hong Kong’s behalf
Graduate of Diploma in Bakery, Pastry and Confectionery programme of VTC member institution, ICI, CHAN Yin-wah, is delighted to obtain a silver prize in the Patisserie and Confectionery trade. She hopes she can take part in the WorldSkills Kazan next year on Hong Kong’s behalf
YU Pui-kei, graduate of HTI wins a bronze prize in the Restaurant Service trade. The competition trains various skills in a short period of time, benefitting her future career in hospitality sector
YU Pui-kei, graduate of HTI wins a bronze prize in the Restaurant Service trade. The competition trains various skills in a short period of time, benefitting her future career in hospitality sector
Fashion models present pieces of competition entries, showcasing the beautiful works that mesmerise the audience
Fashion models present pieces of competition entries, showcasing the beautiful works that mesmerise the audience
Visitors played the 3D games developed by VTC students and the facial and hand paints at the Halloween Makeup Booth and the VR Baseball Game Booth
Visitors played the 3D games developed by VTC students and the facial and hand paints at the Halloween Makeup Booth and the VR Baseball Game Booth
Visitors played the 3D games developed by VTC students and the facial and hand paints at the Halloween Makeup Booth and the VR Baseball Game Booth
Visitors played the 3D games developed by VTC students and the facial and hand paints at the Halloween Makeup Booth and the VR Baseball Game Booth