Exploring work options for summer? Information on job opportunities can now be obtained from the Labour Department. The department's Local Employment Service (LES) is providing a broad range of free employment and counselling services to job-seekers, including those looking for summer jobs. Secretary for Education and Manpower Joseph Wong Wing-ping said LES would employ more temporary staff to strengthen its placement service for secondary school students. LES officers would also actively contact employers with a view to canvassing more suitable vacancies for youngsters, Mr Wong said. The LES computerised its operations recently in a bid to speed up the placement process, offer up-to-date vacancy information and match jobs with individual skills. Mr Wong said the Education Department recognised that work experience was an important part of career education for students. In light of this, Mr Wong said the department would subsidise the Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters' Summer Work Experience Scheme for Form Five school-leavers. The scheme aimed to provide students with opportunities to experience full-time employment. It aimed to give a purposeful direction to their studies and careers ambitions. Mr Wong said 130 students would benefit from the scheme. The department's Careers and Guidance Services Section has also pledged to send officers to secondary schools to help students solve problems they may encounter while looking for a job. They would be advising careers teams at schools to organise and introduce programmes on topics such as interview techniques. Mr Wong said the Labour Department had been working very closely with the Education Department and Occupational Safety and Health Council to make youngsters aware of employment traps. The Labour Department had also been promoting work safety among summer job-seekers through a range of activities, including publication of posters, booklets and leaflets, which were distributed at secondary schools, he said.