The Government has reiterated its intention to recognise the qualifications obtained from Project Springboard for the purpose of civil service recruitment. Speaking at the launching ceremony of the project, Secretary for Education and Manpower Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun said that member institutes of the Federation for Continuing Education in Tertiary Institutions would soon set up a committee for quality assurance. 'The committee will ensure through a systemic quality assurance process that each course under the programme attains the required level,' Mrs Law said. 'The process is expected to be completed in October. The Government will then formally announce its recognition of the qualifications to set an example for all employers to follow suit.' Mrs Law said response had been overwhelming since the programme started receiving applications. 'Many courses have already been fully subscribed. On the condition that the quality of the courses will not be compro mised, member institutes of the federation have, after careful consideration, decided to offer some 1,000 places for full-time study to meet the demand,' she said. 'Project Springboard is pro vided mainly for those wishing to pursue continuing education to enable them to obtain a 'pass' for life-long learning. 'They can obtain qualifications recognised by tertiary institutions after completing the pro gramme and will be qualified to enrol for courses at the next level.' Mrs Law said the courses offered by the programme were different from traditional secondary school courses in both content and mode of instruction. The programme aims to provide 'students of high calibre but with low scores' with another education alternative. The 10 member institutes will recognise qualifications obtained from the programme for the purpose of applying for continuing education courses at a higher level. For school-leavers who do not want to continue their studies but to obtain practical work experience, the Government will continue to run the Youth Pre- employment Training Programme this year. The programme provides basic employment skills and better understanding of the job market. 'Project Springboard and the Youth Pre-employment Training Programme have different objectives, contents and targets. I hope Form Five school-leavers will make a wise choice between the two,' she said.