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FS visits young work trainees (with photos/video)

     The Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang, this afternoon (March 6) went to the airport to see trainees under the Youth Pre-employment Training Programme (YPTP) and Youth Work Experience and Training Scheme (YWETS).

     Accompanied by the Commissioner for Labour, Mrs Cherry Tse, Mr Tsang first met YPTP trainees of the Aircraft Maintenance Craftsman Trainee Project at the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO), and saw them gain work experience in repairing aircraft landing gear and air-conditioning devices.

     Jointly organised by YPTP of the Labour Department, HAECO and the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, the Aircraft Maintenance Craftsman Trainee Project targets teenagers who aspire to work in aircraft maintenance. The project offers the trainees a one-month training course that equips them to take up the post of Aircraft Maintenance Craftsman Trainee in the future.

     Mr Tsang exchanged views with the trainees and employer representatives. He agreed that the project provided tailor-made and comprehensive pre-employment training that laid a good foundation for the trainees to develop into professional aircraft maintenance craftsmen as well as helps them achieve the goal of being licensed engineers.   

     Mr Tsang then visited YWETS trainees of the Airport Ambassador Project at the airport and listened to the trainees and employer representatives give a briefing on the project.

     Co-organised by YWETS of the Labour Department, the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and the Airport Authority, the project provides young people with on-the-job-training at the airport.  Participants are trained to provide instant services and assistance to travellers, through which their employability is expected to improve.

     The introduction by the trainees gave Mr Tsang a better grasp of the daily duties of an Airport Ambassador and the services they provided for travellers. Mr Tsang also commended the project for its careful design which incorporated guidance, training and counselling. He hoped participants could make the best of the skills and professional knowledge they acquired from the project in their future career pursuits.

     Mr Tsang was pleased that YPTP and YWETS trainees were given thorough on-the-job training as well as work experience. He also appreciated the huge benefits from social partnership to youth employment. Mr Tsang took the opportunity to encourage both groups of trainees to work toward realising their employment goals.

Ends/Friday, March 6, 2009
Issued at HKT 15:52


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