Technical course places still open
Young people still have the chance to join training courses offered by the seven technical institutes.
The Vocational Training Council (VTC) says there are vacancies for 1998-99 full-time post-Form Three and craft foundation courses. Besides, applications for part-time day- release and block-release courses, which are designed for working people, are also still open.
The deadline is Monday.
The seven institutes are Morrison Hill, Kwai Chung, Kwun Tong, Haking Wong, Lee Wai Lee, Tuen Mun and Sha Tin Technical Institute.
The 19 full-time, one-year craft courses are targeted at Form Three graduates.
There are places available in nine disciplines: design, electrical, electronic, manufacturing, marine, mechanical and motor vehicle engineering, and the printing and textile industries.
The curriculum contains a balanced mix of theoretical and practical training which enables graduates to obtain the necessary skills and knowledge to find a job.
All these students need not pay tuition. They will receive theoretical education at techni cal institutes and skills training at industrial training centres.
Also on offer are 13 full-time post-Form Three courses in the disciplines of clothing technology, commercial studies, electronic engineering, general studies, manufacturing engineering and textile industries.
Some of the general studies, commercial, textile industries and clothing technology courses require applicants to have completed Form Four or technical institute craft courses. All the other courses welcome applications from young people who have completed Form Three or junior secondary Middle Three or above on the mainland.
On completion of the courses, students can enter industries, join the Apprenticeship Scheme or study for the technician preparatory certificate courses provided by the technical institutes. Moreover, 80 part-time day-release and block-release courses are offered in 16 disciplines at craft and technician levels for applicants who have finished Form Three and those who have obtained grade E or above in the prescribed subjects in the HKCEE.
To be admitted, applicants have to be sponsored by their employers. Those who have reached senior secondary Middle Two and junior secondary Middle Three education levels in China may apply for technician and craft-level courses respectively.
Application forms and guides can be obtained from the seven technical institutes, and VTC's Kwai Chung, Kowloon Bay and Pok Fu Lam training centres. Those on the part-time programmes are also available at VTC's Apprentice Placement Unit at 1/F, VTC Tower, 27 Wood Road, Wan Chai.
Those interested should return application forms to the technical institute of their first preference on or before Monday.
Information on the technical institutes is available at VTC's homepage (http://www.vtc.edu.hk).