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Outstanding apprentices recognised and key Memorandum of Understanding signed to enhance training for construction industry

23 March 2016

The 2015 Outstanding Apprentices Award Presentation Ceremony cum Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Signing Ceremony between VTC and CIC on the Collaboration of Programme Development was held today (23 March). With a view to enhancing industry training, the Vocational Training Council (VTC) and the Construction Industry Council (CIC) signed an MOU for further collaboration, while simultaneously a number of outstanding apprentices were honoured.  
 
The guest of honour, HKSAR Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) HON Chi-keung, said, “While business is still brisk, the construction industry is facing an ageing workforce and manpower shortage. Currently over 40% of registered workers are aged 50 or above. CIC anticipates an ongoing shortage of skilled personnel over the next few years. The Development Bureau is working with VTC and CIC to attract new blood and enhance industry skill levels.”
 
VTC and CIC signed the MOU to enter into co-operation on training and course development. Articulation arrangements will be strengthened to raise skill levels and professionalism of the industry.
 
Witnessed by HKSAR Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) HON Chi-keung, CIC Executive Director Ir Dr Christopher TO and VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU, VTC Deputy Executive Director Dr Lawrence CHAN and Chairman of Construction Industry Training Board of CIC Ir Allan CHAN signed the MOU.
 
Concurrently, VTC recognised 12 outstanding apprentices for their performance in various industries, including construction and building services engineering, railroad transportation and electrical engineering. Two of them were conferred the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Outstanding Apprentice Awards, each winning a HK$5,000 cash prize. Eleven of the apprentices had earlier joined an exchange programme to Singapore, where they visited the Institute of Technical Education College Central and were updated on developments in apprenticeship training and education system in the country. They also had the opportunity to visit a multinational conglomerate in consumer products.
 
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.

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Annex:  List of 2015 Outstanding Apprentice Awardees

1. *LEE Ka-faat Assistant Foreman of Sanfield (Management) Limited
2. *YAU King-lam Technician of The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited
3. CHAN Ka-yu Vehicle Electrician of The Kowloon Motor Bus Co. (1933) Ltd
4. CHIU Sau-chi Construction Technician Apprentice of Hip Hing Construction Co. Ltd
5. CHONG Ng-chau Technician of Modern Terminals Limited
6. LAM Cheuk-ki Technician Apprentice (Electronics) of Electrical and Mechanical Services Department
7. LEE Pok-man Assistant Building Services Engineer of China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong) Limited
8. LI Tin Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Mechanic Apprentice of The Jardine Engineering Corporation, Limited
9. LIU Ka-chun Electrician of MTR Corporation Limited
10. LUI Sum-sok Construction Plant Mechanic Apprentice of Shui On Building Contractors Limited
11. TSANG Man-keung Construction Technician Apprentice of Gammon Construction Limited
12. WONG Ngai-lung Electrical Engineering Technician Apprentice of Che Luen Electrical Engineering Co. Ltd

* Recipients of Sir Edward Youde Memorial Outstanding Apprentice Awards

Witnessed by VTC HKSAR Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) HON Chi-keung (centre, back row), CIC Executive Director Ir Dr Christopher TO (right, back row) and VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU (left, back row), VTC Deputy Executive Director Dr Lawrence CHAN (left, front row) and Chairman of Construction Industry Training Board of CIC Ir Allan CHAN (right, front row) signed the MOU
Witnessed by VTC HKSAR Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) HON Chi-keung (centre, back row), CIC Executive Director Ir Dr Christopher TO (right, back row) and VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU (left, back row), VTC Deputy Executive Director Dr Lawrence CHAN (left, front row) and Chairman of Construction Industry Training Board of CIC Ir Allan CHAN (right, front row) signed the MOU
12 outstanding apprentices were recognised for their performance
12 outstanding apprentices were recognised for their performance
The apprentices were arranged to join an exchange tour to Singapore earlier and visited the Institute of Technical Education College Central to understand the latest development of apprenticeship training and education system of Singapore. They also visited a multinational conglomerate in consumer products
The apprentices were arranged to join an exchange tour to Singapore earlier and visited the Institute of Technical Education College Central to understand the latest development of apprenticeship training and education system of Singapore. They also visited a multinational conglomerate in consumer products