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Lo Pan Award for trainees of Skills Upgrading Scheme

    The Labour and Welfare Bureau today (July 15) presented awards to a group of outstanding Skills Upgrading Scheme trainees in the building maintenance and decoration industry to promote the :Lo Pan spirit".

    The awards were presented at the :2008 Lo Pan Award Presentation Ceremony; at Lo Pan Temple.

    Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Convenor of the scheme・s Building Maintenance and Decoration Industry Working Group, Mr Choi Chun-wa, said, :This is the fourth Lo Pan Award organised by the Building Maintenance and Decoration Industry Working Group under the Skills Upgrading Scheme of the Labour and Welfare Bureau.  It aims to give credit and recognition to the outstanding trainees who demonstrated the .Lo Pan spirit・ that emphasises innovation, perfection and continuous improvement.

    "To enhance the awareness of work safety in the industry, we will present a new .Occupational Safety Award・ this year to a trainee with outstanding performance in occupational safety," Mr Choi said.

    Another officiating guest, Mr Ho Sai-chu, said, :The high professional standard of the participants in this year・s Lo Pan Award demonstrated that the scheme had helped raise the work standards of trainees.  They have deep understanding of work safety and remarkable professional skills.  I am sure that the event has been highly successful in promoting the culture of continuous improvement, lifelong learning and skills diversification within the industry.;

    Also officiating at the ceremony were the Director of Buildings, Mr Cheung Hau-wai; the Chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health Council, Mr Lee Kai-ming; the President of The Hong Kong Construction Association, Mr Conrad Wong Tin-cheung; the President of the Hong Kong General Building Contractors Association, Mr Ho Wai-wah; the Chairman of the Construction Industry Training Broad, Mr Billy Wong Wing-hoo; the Chairman of Kwong Yuet Tong Hong Kong, Mr Gilbert Lau Tai-wah; Senior Liaison Officer of Central and Western District Office, Home Affairs Department, Mr Chan Wah-tim; and Assistant Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Kasper Ng Siu-kei.

    The Skills Upgrading Scheme, which was introduced in 2001, now covers 26 industries. It provides professional and specific skills training for in-service workers with an aim of enhancing their employability and competitiveness in the labour market as well as promoting the culture of continuing education and lifelong learning in the community.

Ends/Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Issued at HKT 10:50


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