Over 200 internship full-time entry-level jobs will be created for young people in a government collaboration with a youth group and six international chambers.
With the support of an anti-epidemic fund, the government will subsidize HK$5,610 and HK$10,000 for each position, depending on the seniority of the job seekers.
The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau will launch two internship programmes, namely the Future International Talent Programme and the Telecommunications Opportunities Programme in collaboration with the chambers and the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups respectively.
The targets of the programmes are youngsters in creative and telecommunications industries.
“The two programmes will provide much-needed job opportunities for our young people at this difficult time,” said Edward Yau Tang-wah, the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development.
The first internship programme Future International Talent will cooperate with six international chambers of commerce, including those from Britain, Canada, France, and Germany, to bring over a hundred internship or full-time job opportunities.
The Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce will also help recruiting their member companies to offer internships or jobs.
Candidates in creative industries will be preferred, and they can also take creative roles in other sectors, leading a new economy in Hong Kong.
“The programme will offer global perspectives and wide exposure to young people through work, in particular to those who aspire to pursue careers in the creative industry,” expressed Yau.
Another programme Telecommunications Opportunities Programme, operated with the Federation of Youth Groups, will offer more than a hundred internship placement vacancies to young people.
They can choose to work in various telecommunications-related companies as different positions, such as software programmers, assistant engineers, sales and marketing trainees.
“Working and training opportunities in the promising telecommunication sectors in the 5G era will broaden the horizons of young people and equip them with lifelong skill sets for career development,” added Yau.
He also has confidence in the partners’ comprehensive networks and knowledge of the trade and young people, saying: “The two programmes will be launched successfully.”
“The partners in these two meaningful programmes fully demonstrate their commitment towards the nurturing of talents in Hong Kong.”
Under the Job Creation Scheme in the anti-epidemic fund, a government subsidy of HK$5,610 will be offered monthly for employing fresh graduates or to-be graduates without working experience.
Companies will also receive a subsidy of HK$10,000 by hiring participants with no more than five years of working experience, and the programme can only last for a year.
It will start recruiting in the first quarter of this year. Candidates must be Hong Kong identity holders who are over 18 years old, and should have obtained an accredited certificate, diploma or degree in tertiary institutions.