Signposts into the working world go up

Local | Michael Shum 17 May 2021

More than 150 summer internship posts will be offered as part of a youth program under the SAR's largest political party.

The jobs will span the finance, banking, property and communications sectors, with applications accepted until June 3.

The youth branch of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong announced the launch of its first summer internship scheme yesterday, saying: "Teenagers are facing challenges in entering the workforce amid the pandemic and the gloomy economic outlook in Hong Kong.

"If teenagers want to stand out from their peers, they will need to equip themselves well and become more competitive."

Successful participants will attend training sessions next month and then be assigned to participating organizations in July and August. Interns will also go on exchange trips to the mainland if the pandemic eases in September and border controls are scaled back.

Legislator Horace Cheung Kwok-kwan said youngsters face challenges and obstacles of all kinds when they first join the workforce, and the scheme will help them tackle the problems.

"Through a series of training sessions and internship opportunities provided by the scheme, teenagers will be able to establish a sense of direction in their career development," Cheung said.

Noel Shih, chairman of the DAB's youth branch, said organizations providing internship opportunities through the scheme include listed companies, large-sized state-funded companies and public organizations.

The DAB will also provide internship opportunities for those who are interested in joining the political sector. "Apart from internship opportunities, we will organize training sessions," Shih said.

Participating organizations include the Bank of China (Hong Kong), mobile service provider China Mobile Hong Kong, state-owned China Resources Holdings and China Everbright Group.

Finance conglomerate CITIC and real estate giants China Overseas Holdings and Shanghai Industrial Investment are also among participating organizations.

Local institutions taking part in the program include the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong and China Gas and think tanks like the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute and Our Hong Kong Foundation.

Successful applicants may also get a chance to be assistants to councilors or community development assistants within the DAB. Students studying in local tertiary education institutions are eligible to apply. Applications started yesterday and will remain open until June 3.

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