Plans to cut the number of jobless by allowing school-leavers to volunteer for community service were disparaged yesterday. Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen announced the programme to help 3,000 secondary school-leavers after the fourth meeting of the Taskforce on Unemployment. 'It will help them gain experience and a greater understanding of the community. We hope school-leavers will make full use of these opportunities,' he said. The special community service programme, to be launched with the Commission of Youth, will provide volunteers with meals and travel allowances. Secretary for Education and Manpower Joseph Wong Wing-ping said a certificate or testimonial would be issued to the volunteers for the courses, which would run for one to three months. But unionist and taskforce member Elizabeth Tang Yin-ngor said the scheme would not be of much use. 'I believe most school-leavers would like to get a job as soon as possible even though the job might have a low salary. 'The scheme is a bit of a waste. It's just creating something to let young people kill time because they can't find a job,' she said. Employers' representative Michael Tien Puk-sun said the programme would make the best of a bad situation. 'The volunteer work would enhance youths' communications and interpersonal skills, something the service industry finds lacking in young people,' he said. Mr Tien, managing director of the G2000 fashion chain, said he made an initial proposal at yesterday's meeting to add part-time retail work training to study programmes offered to Form Five graduates under the Vocational Training Council.