The "Career Information Expo 2012 (Sai Kung District)" (the Expo) was held on 4th May to provide career information of various industries to secondary 6 and 7 school leavers in the district, so as to help them better plan for further studies and future employment.
The Expo was co-organised by Sai Kung and Tseung Kwan O Secondary School Heads Association, Education Bureau, Sai Kung District Youth Programme Committee, and Sai Kung District Office, with full support from Qualifications Framework Secretariat.
The theme of "further studies and career pathways" was supported by a wide range of industries. Among the 25 participating industries, 18 industries have set up Industry Training Advisory Committees to implement qualifications framework. In addition to the exhibits of useful industry information, representatives of the 18 industries spoke at the event to introduce to students key job roles and positions in their industries, the relevant entry requirements and work environments to be expected. Speakers emphasized that students should learn more about different industries to prepare themselves for better planning of further studies and future employment, and encouraged students to make use of the progression pathways and information on QF website to gain basic understanding on the industries.
Mr Patrick Pang, General Manager of Qualifications Framework Secretariat, said that they had been working closely with various industry sectors to help students understand the progression pathways, and to encourage young people to consider multi-directional development. The Expo was a good opportunity for students to obtain useful information to plan for both further studies and career development. Students can also access over 7,000 QF recognised courses, which are all accredited and quality assured, through the Qualifications Register.
Both the organisers and the industry representatives believed that the Expo provided a good opportunity for industry professionals to share workplace information with students face-to-face. Students attended the Expo collected a lot of information and professional advice for goal-setting and self-development.