Student realises his dream
For Derek Tsang Hon-chung, studying in Kwun Tong Technical Institute (the predecessor of IVE (Kwun Tong)), marked a lifetime turning point that has seen him take on a successful career and build his own business.
Mr Tsang graduated in 1985 with a certificate in electronics and he is now chairman of Innovis Holdings, an intelligent building system solution provider listed on the Growth Enterprise Market of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Mr Tsang, who founded the company in 1987, said what he learned from the institute had prepared him well to develop his career and business in the electronic engineering field.
'The technical training at the institute laid a strong foundation for my career development as it enhanced my logical thinking through the years. I was equipped with various skills including technical drawing and how to use tools properly,' he said.
'Many people today rely on computer drawing. But it helps a lot if you have good technical drawing skills. I can present my ideas to clients immediately with a pencil to get their approval so students should develop their skills well.'
Mr Tsang said VTC provided a valuable opportunity for young people to open a new chapter in their life and discover their interests. This was especially true for youngsters who were not keen on furthering studies in conventional schools.
'It is a waste of time to force these young people to stay in [these] schools. Many of them are very smart, and VTC serves as a great platform for them to develop their skills and find a way out,' he said.
'In my experience, for example, I knew nothing about electronics prior to the training at the technical institute. It is essential for students to learn the basic training and skills first, and then they can pick up business and management programmes to establish their own business.
'If university study is a platinum card, then VTC is a gold card. Students should face up to reality, accept themselves and pursue what they believe with determination. In the end, they will get their platinum card or even a black card.'
As a winner of the Outstanding Alumni Award for VTC's 25th anniversary, Mr Tsang encouraged students to find their strengths and to build on their technical knowledge and skills.
In addition to equipping students with technical skills, he said VTC could develop their business sense and create a new generation of entrepreneurs.
'It is not just basic skills you will learn at VTC. It opens up a wide range of choices for your career growth and it is up to you as to how and how far you would like to move forward.'
As a member of the Electronics and Telecommunications Training Board (ECTB) and the ECTB's Training Centre Management Committee, Mr Tsang has contributed significantly to the work of the ECTB, particularly in the manpower training for electronics technicians and craftsmen. He also plays an active role in the planning of VTC courses and the Electronics Industry Training Centre.