Awards for fine craftsmanship
Sixteen Vocational Training Council students received awards for their fine performances in mechanical engineering, air-conditioning and refrigeration studies.
They received their prizes at the Crafts Foundation Courses prize-giving at Pokfulam Training Centre Complex.
Eleven students were picked from the mechanical engineering course and five from the air-conditioning and refrigeration course.
Six of the council's technical institutes - Morrison Hill, Kwai Chung, Kwun Tong, Haking Wong, Lee Wai Lee and Sha Tin - offer 24 foundation courses in 10 subjects.
About 1,800 students are accepted every year for the mechanical engineering and air-conditioning and refrigeration courses. This is the highest signing-up rate among all courses, accounting for 40 per cent of the total.
Those taking the one-year courses receive theory education at the technical institutes and practical training at the council's industry training centres.
All courses are free of charge.
Foundation graduates can look for employment in industries, join the apprenticeship scheme, or attend the technical institutes' Technician Preparatory Courses.