'Passport' to work on mainland

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 31 August, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 31 August, 2004, 12:00am

People will soon be able to obtain mainland accreditation for various trades in Hong Kong that will let them work across the border, after an agreement signed yesterday.

Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions chairman Cheng Yiu-tong said assessment would be offered at various levels for five trades: beauticians, logistics officers, computer and hi-tech personnel, hair stylists and Chinese cuisine chefs.

Mr Cheng said these accreditation examinations would initially be offered from October.

The federation signed the deal with the Occupational Skill Testing Authority under the Guangdong Bureau of Labour and Social Security.

'The vocational qualification certificates ... are not just recognised in Guangdong. But they are 'passports' recognised throughout the mainland,' said Zhou Guotian, an officer of the testing authority.

'Such skills are even important qualifications for some people planning emigration. For example, the Chinese chef certificates have been the most sought-after qualifications by people who planned to move to Canada in the past.'

Mr Zhou said the five trades were among 90 vocations requiring qualifications under mainland law, due to the complex skills involved, their connection with state property and people and the need to protect consumer rights.