The Maritime and Aviation Training Fund, launched by the Hong Kong Government in 2014, celebrated its 4th anniversary at the Maritime and Aviation Internship Scheme Cocktail Reception at the Mariners Club in Tsim Sha Tui last month.
Newly appointed Secretary for Transport and Housing, Frank Chan Fan, officiating at the event, reiterated the government’s support for Hong Kong’s role as an international maritime and aviation centre as well as a logistics hub.
Mr Chan told the invited audience of MATF sponored students that manpower is considered the most valuable asset for Hong Kong, and nurturing talents in the maritime and aviation industries is highly regarded by the Government.
In respect of maritime talents, the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board set up in April last year has been working closely with the trade, and formulating appropriate strategies and measures to build up a pool of competent professionals and technical personnel through its Manpower Development Committee.
The Government launched the $100m Maritime and Aviation Training Fund in 2014 to attract young people to join the maritime and aviation industries, as well as to nurture more talents for the two sectors through various scholarships and award schemes.
About 70 companies in the maritime and aviation sectors have participated in the internship scheme, now in its fourth year and offer nearly 630 intern places to let young people gain first-hand experience in various types of work in these industries. There has been an increase of more than 10% in the numbers of participating companies and intern places compared with last year’s figures.