Where businesses meet talents…..
HKTDC Education and Careers Expo is an influential event of its kind in Hong Kong which provides an ideal platform matching employers and education institutions with their ideal employees and students. The Expo was held during 13 to 16 February 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It welcomed a record-breaking representation from 761 educational institutions, professional associations, government departments, public organisations and companies from 18 countries and regions were represented in the Expo, up 4% over 2014.
Centre of Quality Recruiters
The Expo featured 2 key sections, Education and Careers which showcased Hong Kong’s most influential and comprehensive recruiters and educational institutes.
The Education Section featured academic institutions, languages schools as well as institutions of continuing education. On top of prestigious academic institutions from Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Chinese mainland, Europe, New Zealand and the United States; languages Schools were there to present a wide range of courses at different levels for the learning of English, French, German, Japanese and other languages. Local tertiary education institutions such as Caritas Community & Higher Education Service, HKU SPACE and Vocational Training Council were dedicated to showcased multiple pathways for continuing education, courses in different areas and application details.
The Expo also brought together diversified creative education choices, including Design, Music / Performing Arts, Bridal and Wedding Planning, Hospitality and Tourism, and Pet Therapy, to cater to individual pursuits. Highlights include first-time exhibitor International Pet Therapy Grooming Academy, which offers self-enhancement and professional training for pet grooming, massage and therapy, as well as courses for veterinary assistants.
The Careers Section comprised government departments, semi-government & professional organisations, and private enterprises that were all hungry for talents.
Professional bodies taking part included the Construction Industry Council, the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants & Related Trades, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, the Hong Kong Institute of Technology, the Hong Kong Maritime Industry Council and the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute. Hong Kong Government departments participating included the Customs and Excise Department, Correctional Services, the Fire Services Department, Hong Kong Police Force, Immigration Department and Marine Department.
Career Theme Days were also arranged to acquaint students with the latest industry trends. This year, industries in Banking & Finance, Building and Construction, Aviation, and Catering & Hospitality were featured. Major players as well as human resources experts presented to give an updated overview on HR demands, entry requirements, and career prospects for various sectors of the economy.
A variety of companies collected job applications at the fairground. These included the AMTD Group Company Ltd, BOC Group Life Assurance Company Ltd, Centaline Property Agency Ltd, PCCW Services Ltd, Prudential Hong Kong Ltd, and Regal Hotels International Ltd. In addition, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) arranged for a number of companies to recruit employees at the HKFYG booth. These include the Ocean Park Corporation, the Kowloon Motor Bus Co (1933) Ltd, Sa Sa Cosmetics Co Ltd, LF Logistics (Hong Kong) Ltd, the Popular Book Company Ltd and Parsons Music Corporation.
Study and Working Aboard
During the expo, special theme days provided in-depth introduction to studying in certain regions: Chinese Mainland Education Day, US Education Day, European Education Day and Australian Education Day. Representatives of a number of official education organisations hosted seminars to talk about pre-requisites of admission, necessary documents and timeline for application, subjects to study and campus life of foreign students, etc
In addition to education and employment, many young people have grasped the opportunity to broaden their horizons and experience living abroad by joining the Working Holiday Scheme. During the expo, a seminar was organised specifically on Australia, France, Germany and Japan’s Working Holiday Schemes, disclosing the schemes’ annual quota, application eligibility and procedures, short-term job opportunities and courses.
Extensive Activities and Seminar Programmes
An extensive range of events were organized to help visitors upgrade their educational qualifications, develop professional skills and enhance their career opportunities. About 120 seminars and workshops were organized, covering practical topics such as speaking skill, interview skills, scholarships, CV and cover letter writing, etc.
Another highlight was celebrity session where artists and creative industry players including Director of local movie The Way We Dance Mr Adam Wong, the young song writer and singer Ms Lung Siu Kwan, Founder of Bomba channel, 2013 Hong Kong’s top 5 most subscribed YouTube channel, Mr Fox Yu and Principal of Fresh Fish Traders’ School Mr Leung Ki Cheung were invited to share about their work experiences and ups and downs in their career development to inspire public attendees.
Following the success of the 2014 event, Education & Careers Expo 2015 is set to remain as an important event for both students and job-seekers. Be sure not to miss it!
For further information, please visit our website at www.hktdc.com/hkeducationexpo.
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Unit 13, Expo Galleria
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive
Tel: (852) 183-0668
Fax: (852) 2824-0026