Case Study

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 January, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 January, 2004, 12:00am

Cheng Tat-shing (left) dreams of setting up his own specialised film company.

Mr Cheng, 22, who graduated from the Institute of Vocational Education in Sha Tin with a diploma in computer and information engineering last June, said he was working with friends to set up a company specialising in filming events and functions for clients.

Yesterday, he said the self-employment assistance scheme announced in the policy address would help many more young people like him.

The government is to introduce a one-year trial scheme to help 1,000 people become self-employed.

Mr Cheng said he had been receiving help from the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and believed the scheme could help a lot more youngsters.

'I received some freelance jobs when I was a student. But the federation had a bigger network and could provide me with more assistance ...

'Every month I need to pay the federation 10 per cent of what I make from the freelance jobs it receives for me as administration costs.

'I think this is how the government's scheme can help youngsters. For example, the government can consider giving the youth groups a lump sum so that the groups can provide assistance to teenagers who want to set up their own business.'