Technical graduates' rich rewards
A recent survey shows most technical institute graduates who studied full time are now in jobs relevant to their studies and that their salaries have increased substantially within a few years of graduating.
The Vocational Training Council (VTC) carried out the survey of those who graduated in 1992, to find out their employment status and history, income, and the courses they have attended since graduation.
The average monthly income of the employed technician-level course graduates was $14,579 - 2.3 times their average initial income in 1992 (1.6 times in real terms).
For the craft-level course graduates, the average monthly income was $9,748, twice the average initial income in 1992 (1.4 times in real terms).
The findings indicate that the graduates' salaries have increased considerably in real terms and that they have been well accepted by industry and commerce.
Ninety per cent of the graduates were in employment at the time of the survey, while four per cent were in full-time study.
About 78 per cent of the graduates (82 per cent for technician-level course graduates and 72 per cent for craft-level course graduates) said they had pursued further full-time or part-time study since graduating.
The VTC operates seven technical institutes: Morrison Hill, Kwai Chung, Kwun Tong, Haking Wong, Lee Wai Lee, Tuen Mun and Sha Tin.
The institutes turn out around 3,700 technician-level graduates and 3,000 craft-level graduates each year.