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Career GPS to help secondary school graduates plan their future

    The Labour Department (LD) will launch today (May 12) a special service package called "Career GPS", which is tailor-made to cater for the pre-employment training and employment needs of secondary school graduates, especially those who choose to enter the employment market upon graduation. The special package, which will continue until August, will assist them in finding the latest employment information, devising a career plan and enhancing their employability.

     A spokesperson for the department said that Career GPS is anticipated to benefit about 36 000 participants through a series of diversified pre-employment training and employment services.

     The spokesman said, "The LD has identified a large number of job vacancies suitable for graduates. Graduates can browse the vacancies in the dedicated webpage of Career GPS and apply for the jobs according to their interests and needs."

     Details of different types of job fairs organised by the LD are provided on the dedicated webpage, including:

* Job fairs for young people under the Youth Employment and  Training Programme (YETP) - some of the posts offered are complemented with pre-employment training, after which trainees will undergo six to 12 months of salaried on-the-job training.

* Recruitment days at LD's Job Centres in different districts and two industry-based recruitment centres - employers of different industries will offer on-the-spot job interviews, thus saving graduates' time in searching for jobs.

* Large scale job fairs - a wide variety of vacancies open to job seekers are provided, many of which are suitable for graduates.

     The spokesman said, "Moreover, Youth Employment Start (YES) will launch a special programme called ¡¥High Rising Star¡¦ with a view to enhancing the job-hunting skills of graduates as well as helping them unleash their potential at work and learning the true value of working through a series of training courses and an interactive drama. Coupled with career assessment and career consultation at YES, we assist young people to do career planning at an early stage.

     "Graduates who would like to enter the employment market are encouraged to enroll on LD's YETP, which provides one-stop comprehensive pre-employment and on-the-job training without any pre-set quota," he added.

     In addition, in August the LD will hold the "Award Ceremony for the Most Improved Trainees of YETP 2014 cum Concert" in collaboration with Radio 2 of Radio Television Hong Kong, to showcase the improvements of trainees after joining the YETP. The event will launch a new YETP programme year as well as encourage graduates to embrace challenges and strive for their careers.

     For details of the events, please refer to the appendix. Latest information will be uploaded to the dedicated webpage of Career GPS ( Enquiries can be made on LD's 24-hour hotline 2717 1771 (the hotline is handled by 1823).

Ends/Monday, May 12, 2014
Issued at HKT 16:00


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