A new computer training room will enable prison inmates to prepare themselves for future employment - thanks to a grant of $1.3 million from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The donation helped the Pik Uk Correctional Institute (PUCI) of the Correctional Services Department to convert a classroom into the training room, offering modern computing and teaching equipment and support facilities. 'The use of computers has become part of human life, therefore the opening of the computer training room offers inmates a golden opportunity to equip themselves with the skills that are increasingly being sought in the workplace,' said Tso Tai-kun, senior superintendent of PUCI. Yip Moon-wing, senior master at PUCI, said work on computers is compulsory for all the inmates. 'At first, we will teach them basic word-processing. Afterwards, computer lessons will be conducted in accordance with the curriculum designed by the Education Department. 'Hopefully, they can take the computing exam in the HKCEE two years later,' Mr Yip said. 'When the students heard they were going to be trained on computers, they were thrilled,' he added. The computer training facilities further enhance CSD's education programme for inmates. At present, prisoners undergo a comprehensive correctional programme and receive vocational training in different trades, and educational classes at different levels. Classes in bookkeeping and accounting for public examinations are also offered. 'The Pik Uk Correctional Institute attaches great importance to cultivating young inmates' learning abilities and encouraging them to take part in the public examination,' said Henry Chan Shing-kai, director of betting at the Hong Kong Jockey Club. 'In fact, the results are heartening. 'With the opening of the new computer training room, I hope they can equip themselves to contribute to society in the future,' he said.