SHKP and Breakthrough cheer last cohort of HKCEE students
in Mini-Modern Apprenticeship Programme
Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) and Breakthrough marked the half-way point of the 2010 Mini-Modern Apprenticeship Programme today (August 3) and offered encouragement to students who wrote the last HKCEEs before the results come out.
Present to cheer the students on were Breakthrough Honorary General Secretary Philemon Choi and General Secretary Leung Wing-tai and SHKP Director of Corporate Communications Margaret Ng and Construction Department General Manager Robert Tsoi, as well as SHKP mentors and previous apprentices.
Dai Yuan-yee was one former apprentice who gave the latest group encouragement. She said she was inspired by the programme and grateful for the care and support her mentors and participants showed. She determined that she would pursue her dreams despite the setback of the exams, and urged students to remain positive and rise up to challenges.
The 2010 Mini-Modern Apprenticeship started in late June and runs for two months, helping underachieving students without work experience develop their potential through on-the-job training at SHKP. Participants are posted in various divisions and subsidiaries of SHKP such as hotels, shopping malls, offices or Noah's Ark in Ma Wan Park. Experienced SHKP employees provide individual coaching to give participants practical, work-related skills and a positive work attitude. The programme also has previous apprentices as peer tutors to encourage the new ones and provide guidance for them with their experience going through the challenge of failing the HKCEEs but then finding their path in study or work. Some of the tutors now work for SHKP and serve as role models for the participants.
Mini-Modern Apprenticeships are part of the Modern Apprenticeship Plus programme run by Breakthrough and SHKP with part of the funds from the Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged. The project aims to provide job opportunities for candidates with poor school results and help participants identify their strengths and build self-confidence. The Modern Apprenticeship Plus has also staged seminars and workshops for more than 300 people including social workers, educators and representatives of non-profit organizations and government institutions to enhance community service for youth, and it has overseen the publication of a number of training-related books.
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