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SHKP mentors support young people for a 15th year and help them realize their potential with ten weeks of on-the-job training

2017-08-31

Guests from SHKP and Breakthrough at the 2017 Modern Apprenticeship Programme graduation ceremony with mentors to mark ten weeks of growth for apprentices
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Guests from SHKP and Breakthrough at the 2017 Modern Apprenticeship Programme graduation ceremony with mentors to mark ten weeks of growth for apprentices

The graduation ceremony for the Modern Apprenticeship Programme sponsored by Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) and co-hosted by Breakthrough was held recently.  The programme saw 23 apprentices in a ten-week internship, personal growth training and an exchange trip to Taiwan on the way to finding the right track and their dreams.

A Modern Apprenticeship Programme 15th anniversary video was shown at the graduation ceremony, tracking the story of Agnes Wong and her mentor John Wong in the first apprenticeship programme.  Agnes joined the programme after graduating from high school and then got a job with SHKP after completing the placement.  She has now been with the company for 15 years, and John her mentor has seen her grow.  The exchange between them does not only cover work but also life and how to conduct oneself in society.

Breakthrough General Secretary Joyce Man said at the graduation ceremony: “Young people face tremendous pressure whether pursuing further studies or at work.  What we can do is to create a favourable environment for them to discover their interests, abilities and aspirations and experience what work is like.”  She thanked SHKP for valuing young people and working with Breakthrough to nurture growth over the years. 

Besides serving as mentors in the workplace, three SHKP mentors, Ivan Fu, Carmen Kwok and Keung Ching-yee also joined the apprentices on an exchange trip to Taiwan to visit young people there and learn about their lives and entrepreneurial stories, which stimulate the apprentices’ imagination and passion for work.  Listening to the feelings and sharing of the apprentices on the trip also inspired the mentors and enabled them to reflect on how to offer better support for young people in work and life.

The 2017 Modern Apprenticeship Programme offered a variety of personal growth training and a ten-week placement to give participants a chance to learn about themselves and find aspirations.  Under the guidance of seasoned SHKP staff, they also came to understand life in the workplace and getting along with others.  SHKP mentors discovered the strengths and potential of the apprentices in addition to providing job coaching, to steer their career aspirations so they can move forward and build their futures.

SHKP has been running the 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 is primarily for people from 16 to 24 without tertiary or university education; mainly candidates for the Diploma of Secondary Education Examination, Yin Jin diploma or Youth Employment and Training Programme students.  Over the years, the Modern Apprenticeship Programme has nurtured about 300 young people. 

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