Fewer youths seek marine careers
WONG JOON SAN
The number of Hong Kong youths enrolling for marine engineering courses is declining, despite efforts to promote careers in the industry.
Similarly, fewer people were becoming seafarers, Marina , a quarterly newsletter for naval architects and marine engineers reported.
To address this problem, the Hong Kong Institute of Technology (HIT) curriculum development committee is preparing syllabuses and training programmes for marine-related courses.
Proposed courses will include a three-year full-time Higher Diploma in Maritime Technology and Management, two-year full-time Diploma in Maritime Technology and Management and two-year full-time Diploma in Maritime Studies, as well as part-time courses.
The HIT programme is expected to be in place for the 1999-2000 academic year.
Separately, the VTC proposes to establish an Electrical and Mechanical Services Training Board to handle manpower demand and training needs of the shipbuilding, ship-repair and offshore engineering industries.