HKCA Learning Training Programme
Vocational education and training
In my opinion, vocational education and training refers to the learning of practical skills and knowledge relating to occupations in various sectors.
Good quality of vocational education and training should be able to allow students master the technical knowledge and vocational skills necessary for business, hospitality, catering and other economic development. They will be able to apply the knowledge to suggest solution for problems in the workplace environment.
There are several benefits associated with vocational education and training. Firstly, students will find jobs easier than those who possess general academic backgrounds. Secondly, technical college students enter the workforce more quickly than academic education college students. Thirdly, vocational education and training focuses on hands-on training and activities. Students are able to learn through experimentation and trial and error which is a good learning experience for them. Finally, students can have a more secure employment and they will even establish their own business and employ others.
Vocational education and training is the key to personal development and participation in society as well as being vital in terms of securing employment and competitiveness. Our policy is that everyone should receive comprehensive and high quality vocational education and training. Our work promotes open and permeable educational pathways, lifelong learning and individual vocational development. We stimulate innovation within vocational education and training and foster the practical implementation of such innovation.
This vocation education mission describes our basic principles and objectives. Our aim is to strengthen
student for the challenges which lie ahead whilst continuing to build on the successful work we have carried out.
The mission statement is aimed at student and forms the basis of cooperation taking place within the fields of policy, practice and research. provides us with guidance for necessary processes of change and specific implementation projects. We bring our wide-ranging expertise to bear in the school of such processes and projects.
For years, there have been much talks and combats about the disadvantageous of “duck fed” education system in Hong Kong. This leads to the education system is too fixated on academic and on a few academic “geniuses”.
For the last ten years, the Hong Kong government has put efforts on improving the vocational education by increasing the courses and resources provided by some subsidized colleges and institutes. This has provided other choices and better chances for those who are not good at academic to pursue their own talented sides or dreams, and finally climb up to the upper ladder of managerial level. Progress has been made and the situation has improved.
Despite that, the vocational education curriculum offered from various colleges and institutes is essentially university-oriented, deeming that academic exam on students as the only way to evaluate talent. As a result, for those who are good at practical but not at academic can not climb up easily in their own talented industry.
I personally recommend the vocational education should put more focus on the practical skills development, rather than pushing them to the academic side. They can study, but most importantly, need to have apprentice training in the industry for most of the time. This does not only guarantee a sufficient and stable supply of talents for different industries, but also helps young people accumulate practical work experience and facilitates their transition to the workplace.
Other than this, a broad and well-articulated multi-pathways system should be constructed under which students can freely explore diverse study and career options and climb up the ladder according to their interests and talents. Hong Kong doesn’t lack talents; it is just that our education system is too fixated on a few academics.