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SHKP staff coaching young people with limited academic horizons for the 15th year

2017-05-24

SHKP Executive Director Adam Kwok (front row, fifth left) and Breakthrough General Secretary Joyce Man (front row, fourth right) announce 2017 Modern Apprenticeship Programme and pose for a group photo with mentees, mentors and guests.  The 26 apprentices this year will gain a ten-week workplace exposure at SHKP entities including construction, property management and hotel subsidiaries as well as Noah’s Ark
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SHKP Executive Director Adam Kwok (front row, fifth left) and Breakthrough General Secretary Joyce Man (front row, fourth right) announce 2017 Modern Apprenticeship Programme and pose for a group photo with mentees, mentors and guests. The 26 apprentices this year will gain a ten-week workplace exposure at SHKP entities including construction, property management and hotel subsidiaries as well as Noah’s Ark

Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) and Breakthrough announced their 15th Modern Apprenticeship Programme for 2017 today.  The company sponsors and co-organizes the programme with Breakthrough to offer young people on-the-job training.  SHKP Executive Director Adam Kwok and Breakthrough General Secretary Joyce Man welcomed the 26 candidates who will start a series of life planning and personal development courses leading to ten-week internships at SHKP under the guidance of staff mentors as they tackle different workplace challenges.

Mr Kwok said: “Anyone can learn, but people who fail to find the right track can lose motivation.  I hope everyone here today will appreciate the opportunity to learn and broaden their futures through the apprenticeships.”

Ms Man thanked SHKP for helping young people over the years with a programme that lets apprentices learn under the guidance of SHKP staff to explore their potential and career orientation.

Two mentees and a mentor of the first Modern Apprenticeship Programme attended the 2017 opening to show their support.  Timothy Koo noted that the internship offered him valuable life experience which boosted his self-confidence and laid a foundation for his career.  Agnes Wong has worked at SHKP since 2004, after finishing the first Modern Apprenticeship Programme under the mentorship of John Wong.  Agnes described her worries after doing badly in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination but managed to find a career path with the Modern Apprenticeship Programme and is now a customer service officer at Lik On Security Ltd.  She also met the man who is now her husband at work, and the couple have a happy family life.  John Wong encouraged the new SHKP staff mentors, saying that coaching young people will enrich their knowledge and professional lives.

The Modern Apprenticeship Programme has helped about 300 marginal graduates with uncertain futures.  This year the 26 apprentices will get exposure to construction, property management, hospitality or project monitoring.  Participating entities include SHKP construction, property management and hotel subsidiaries along with Noah’s Ark, where apprentices will acquire knowledge for their jobs and learn life skills and the value of teamwork under the guidance of mentors.  Apprentices may find employment with SHKP if they pass an assessment upon completion of the programme.   

SHKP has been running Modern Apprenticeship Programme with Breakthrough since 2003 as part of its efforts to train and support young people.  The programme offers work experience and training in social skills and personal development to students who underperformed in public exams so they can find better futures.  It was designed primarily for fresh Diploma of Secondary Education graduates, Yin Jin diploma or Youth Employment and Training Programme students or those from 16 to 24 without tertiary or university education.

SHKP Executive Director Adam Kwok (left) and Breakthrough General Secretary Joyce Man fill a 15th anniversary Modern Apprenticeship jigsaw showing their commitment to helping young people
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SHKP Executive Director Adam Kwok (left) and Breakthrough General Secretary Joyce Man fill a 15th anniversary Modern Apprenticeship jigsaw showing their commitment to helping young people
The first Modern Apprenticeship Programme mentees Timothy Koo (first left), Agnes Wong (first right) and her mentor John Wong (second right) with SHKP Executive Director Adam Kwok (centre) and Breakthrough General Secretary Joyce Man (second left)
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The first Modern Apprenticeship Programme mentees Timothy Koo (first left), Agnes Wong (first right) and her mentor John Wong (second right) with SHKP Executive Director Adam Kwok (centre) and Breakthrough General Secretary Joyce Man (second left)
Mr Thomas Kwok (front row, seventh left) and Founder of Breakthrough Dr Philemon Choi (front row, seventh right) staged the Modern Apprenticeship Programme in 2003 to help young people explore career orientation
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Mr Thomas Kwok (front row, seventh left) and Founder of Breakthrough Dr Philemon Choi (front row, seventh right) staged the Modern Apprenticeship Programme in 2003 to help young people explore career orientation

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