Youth job boosters readied for launch

Top News | Moon Lam 25 Jan 2021

Over 200 internships and entry-level jobs will be offered to young people in two government collaborations with a youth group and six international chambers.

Through the anti-epidemic fund, the government will subsidize each position for HK$5,610 and HK$10,000, depending on the seniority of the job seekers.

Called the Future International Talent Programme and the Telecommunications Opportunities Programme, they will be launched by the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau in partnership with the chambers and the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups.

Edward Yau Tang-wah, secretary for commerce and economic development, said yesterday: "The two programs will provide much-needed job opportunities for our young people at this difficult time."

The international talent program will cooperate with chambers from Britain, Canada, France and Germany to bring about over 100 internships or full-time jobs.

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce will also help recruit their member companies.

"The program 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," Yau said.

The telecoms program, operated by the youth federation, will offer more than 100 posts.

Young people can choose to work in various telecoms-related companies in different positions, such as software programmers, assistant engineers and 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," Yau said.

He also expressed confidence in the partners' comprehensive networks and knowledge of the trade.

"The partners in these two meaningful programs fully demonstrate their commitment toward the nurturing of talents in Hong Kong," he said.

Under the job-creation scheme of the anti-epidemic fund, fresh graduates or those about to graduate without work experience will be subsidized HK$5,610 per month.

Participants with no more than five years of working experience will be subsidized HK$10,000 per month, but the program can only last for a year.

The program has started recruitment - candidates must be Hong Kong identity card holders over 18 years old and should possess an accredited certificate, diploma or degree from a tertiary institution.

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