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Making Hong Kong an international innovation and technology (I&T) hub will lead to massive demand for R&D talent. To be part of this new generation of I&T talent, young people must acquire academic qualifications and professional recognition, as well as accumulate work experience to meet the demands of research and development (R&D) jobs.
Thus, to provide work-based learning opportunities to more young people wishing to develop their future career in the technological sector, the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Vocational Training Council (VTC).
Under this MoU, they will jointly design brand new professional degree programs in microelectronics and communications technology, aimed at developing a pool of talent aligned with industry needs in response to the huge increase in the demand for technology-ready talent brought by the development of smart products, the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data.
In addition, ASTRI will join the VTC Earn & Learn scheme as an employer. The program spans four semesters for students pursuing higher degree programs at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), a VTC member institution.
In the new academic year, participating students will receive on-the-job training under the guidance of ASTRI’s experienced R&D staff, gaining both hands-on industry experience as well as classroom learning provided by the school. This will help young people build their research and development capacity in terms of professional experience and academic knowledge through the program, which will also enable them to realize their potential.
This collaboration was developed in the hope of attracting more young people to the I&T sector in Hong Kong and nurturing a new generation of professional R&D talent to broaden the pool of local I&T talent, give greater boost the research and trade sector and continue to improve Hong Kong’s competitiveness.
At the start of the new academic year, the first batch of VTC students will join ASTRI’s four technology divisions, including Trust and AI Technologies, Communications Technologies, IoT Sensing and AI Technologies, and Integrated Circuits and Systems.
With ASTRI’s strong research and development atmosphere, students will learn about I&T development in Hong Kong through hands-on experience, which would deepen their understanding of R&D work, helping them prepare well for future studies. or careers.
Participants will receive a basic monthly salary of at least HK$9,000 and an average government allowance of HK$2,500. The total monthly income will be more than HK$10,000. Participants will also receive an additional grant of HK$30,800 at the end of the program.
ASTRI’s President said the collaboration sets a new milestone for ASTRI in nurturing the next generation of R&D talent. Young people are an important driver of innovation and we hope they will enrich the creativity of the organization, learn all they can and contribute to helping Hong Kong become an international I&T hub.
ASTRI’s Managing Director highlighted the importance of continuous talent cultivation and said that ASTRI is joining VTC’s training and support program for the first time, aimed at encouraging passionate trainees to know their strengths and realize their potential. Upon graduation, they could choose to become professional staff or continue their studies. The program is good for the trainees themselves and for the industry.
The VTC Chairman said the Council provides quality Vocational and Vocational Education and Training (FPET) to help young people and in-service practitioners acquire industry-relevant knowledge and applied skills for professional development.
To meet the demand for tech-savvy talent, the VTC has integrated I&T elements into the curriculum, improved teaching and learning facilities and, most importantly, provided students with on-the-job learning opportunities. work to build a pool of talent with knowledge of applied skills. The MoU with ASTRI leverages the strengths of both parties and works together to develop I&T talent.
VTC Executive Director thanked ASTRI for supporting the VTC Earn & Learn program, providing IVE Higher Diploma students the opportunity to receive on-the-job training and learn cutting-edge applied technologies at ASTRI under the guidance experts in scientific research while learning technology. -knowledge related to VTC.