SHKP mentors supporting young people for 17 consecutive years Exploring the workplace and putting knowledge into practice to unfold future possibilities
Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) is committed to nurturing young people through different initiatives, including for the 17th consecutive year, sponsoring the Modern Apprenticeship Programme, co-hosted with Breakthrough. The kick-off ceremony of this year's programme was held recently. About 20 apprentices will be sent on four-month internships and life planning courses. Staff mentors at various SHKP entities will provide one-on-one guidance and mentoring to help the apprentices tackle different workplace challenges, foster personal growth and map out future career paths.
At the kick-off ceremony of the Modern Apprenticeship Programme 2019 with the theme 'Exploration and Practice at the Workplace', SHKP Executive Director Adam Kwok and Breakthrough General Secretary Joyce Man helped complete the equipping of a space shuttle for launch, which was a metaphor for the apprentices unleashing their immense potential and finding their own flight path. Accompanied and witnessed by their mentors, the apprentices took an oath to take off.
In his speech at the ceremony, Adam Kwok said, "In line with SHKP's corporate culture of continuous improvement, various new elements have been added to the Modern Apprenticeship Programme to meet changing needs. This year, in addition to gaining on-the-job training at SHKP, the apprentices will work as interns in different non-governmental organizations and visit several social enterprises to diversify their knowledge and broaden their horizons." Breakthrough General Secretary Joyce Man said, "This year's programme has expanded the target group to students as young as 16 years old to help them obtain work experience and find their aspirations earlier for better life planning. We also hope that apprentices will learn from and complement each other to achieve breakthroughs and advance even further." Joyce Man expressed her gratitude for SHKP's dedication to nurturing young people with Breakthrough for more than a decade. She said she believes the guidance and support of SHKP mentors will help the apprentices discover their interests and potential so that they can build a brighter future.
The Modern Apprenticeship Programme this year provides workplace exposure to construction, project monitoring, property management, shopping mall promotion, hospitality and clubhouse services at SHKP entities. Apart from gaining on-the-job training, the apprentices will learn first-hand soft skills from SHKP mentors, such as social skills, team spirit and problem-solving techniques. The apprentices will also participate in a series of personal growth workshops and meetings, where they will set goals in small groups and work towards achieving them with the help of tutors and industry professionals to seek identity through self-learning. Breakthrough will provide training and sharing sessions and support for the programme's mentors, peers and parents so that they can learn how to communicate with young people to provide them with appropriate guidance.
SHKP constantly places great emphasis on training and supporting young people, and has run the Modern Apprenticeship Programme with Breakthrough since 2003. The programme has nurtured the growth of over 300 young people who struggled with limited academic horizons by helping them to acquire relevant vocational skills for personal development.
About Sun Hung Kai Properties
SHKP is committed to developing premium properties and offering customers ideal homes with top-notch service. The Company believes in Building Homes with Heart and contributes to the community to make Hong Kong a better place for everyone. SHKP lives up to its corporate social responsibility by leveraging resources and networks to advocate reading and holistic development, healthy and sustainable living, and care for the underprivileged. SHKP has been included in the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index Series since 2010.
Over the past four decades, the management team has led and encourages staff to help those in need and give back to society with professional knowledge and skills. The company also engages stakeholders to strive to garner and produce positive energy in the community.
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