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Establishment of Travel Industry Training Advisory Committee under Qualifications Framework
     The Education Bureau (EDB) today (December 28) announced the establishment of the Travel Industry Training Advisory Committee (Travel ITAC) under the Qualifications Framework (QF) with effect from January 1, 2018, and the appointment of Mr Andrew Leung Chi-kwan as its Chairperson. Also appointed to the Committee are 17 members comprising employers and representatives of trade associations, representatives of labour unions, and representatives of the EDB and the Tourism Commission.
     The primary tasks of the Travel ITAC are to draw up the Specification of Competency Standards (SCS) and develop the Recognition of Prior Learning mechanism for the travel sector, and to publicise and promote the QF among the sector. Membership of the Travel ITAC is as follows:
Chairperson: Mr Andrew Leung Chi-kwan
Vice-Chairperson: Mr Jason Wong Chun-tat
Mrs Gianna Hsu
Mr Stephen Huen
Mr Lam Chi-ting
Ms Lanny Leung
Mr Leo Li
Mr Larry Lo
Ms Keller Mak
Ms Maria Ng
Mr Jason Shum
Mr Tong Kim-sang
Mr Warren Tong
Mr Edmund Tsang
Mr Yip Chi-wai
Mr Perry Yiu
Representative of the EDB
Representative of the Tourism Commission
     Members are appointed for a term of two years from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019.
     The Secretary for Education, Mr Kevin Yeung, said, "The Chief Executive's 2017 Policy Address has set a clear vision and mission for the travel industry, which is to press ahead with the development of Hong Kong into a world-class premier tourism destination with a view to ensuring the balanced, healthy and sustainable development of the industry. Manpower development and skills upgrading of the travel industry play an important role in supporting the industry's continued growth. Mr Andrew Leung has extensive experience in the travel industry and has served as a member of several travel industry-related advisory committees. He has deep understanding of the training needs of industry practitioners and is dedicated to the industry's human resource development. I believe that under Mr Leung's leadership, the Travel ITAC will further enhance the professional standards of the industry and contribute to the sustainable development of manpower development and training in the industry."

     With the establishment of the Travel ITAC, the EDB has assisted 23 industries/sectors in setting up 22 Industry Training Advisory Committees (ITACs) under the QF. The ITACs now cover 54 per cent of the workforce in Hong Kong.
     The ITACs are established to implement the QF within the industry. One of their major tasks is to draw up SCS for the relevant industries to set out the knowledge, skills and outcome standards required of employees in various job functions of the industry and provide a basis for education and training providers to design learning programmes that best suit the needs of the industry. The SCS also serves as a useful guide for employers to develop in-house training and human resource management applications, such as staff recruitment and performance assessment. Practitioners may make reference to the SCS in drawing up their learning roadmap in the pursuit of lifelong learning to better equip themselves to meet the challenges of a knowledge-based society.

     Implemented in 2008, the QF is a seven-level hierarchy covering qualifications in the academic, vocational and continuing education sectors, providing accessible articulation pathways for lifelong learning. As announced in the Chief Executive's 2017 Policy Address, the Government will inject $1.2 billion into the QF Fund to further strengthen and drive the development of Hong Kong QF, enhance recognition of qualifications for different industries and provide youngsters with quality assured pathways for further studies and career development. For details of the Hong Kong QF, please visit the website at www.hkqf.gov.hk.
Ends/Thursday, December 28, 2017
Issued at HKT 12:00
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