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Introduction

  • Hong Kong is facing manpower mismatch problems – an increase in the proportion of highly educated persons taking up low-skilled jobs
  • Every young individual has his/her interests and abilities that the mainstream education may not fit all young people. They should be provided with multiple pathways to unleash potential in accordance with their strengths and aspirations for further studies and employment
  • Vocational education is perceived as a second choice in education pathway despite the practicality of vocational education in workplace being well-recognised
  • An ideal vocational education should satisfy three conditions: 1) addressing the manpower needs for economic growth; 2) providing multiple pathways for young people; and 3) being well-recognised in society
  • The Centre recommends restructuring the vocational and professional education and training pathway so as to provide young people with more diversified options in studying and employment, as well as restore public’s confidence in vocational education

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Study Findings

Insufficient understanding of vocational education, lack of sufficient recognition in society

Inadequate knowledge on the relationship between vocational education and the Qualifications Framework (QF), uncertain about the role of vocational education in providing pathways

A mismatch between job requirements and qualifications, posing manpower challenges to Hong Kong's social and economic development

Indicative Figures

8 : 100

The average number of full-time students in 2012-2015 studying programmes offered by Vocational Training Council at levels below Higher Diploma is only eight per 100 Secondary 4 to 6 students

19,700 persons

The projected number of talent of upper secondary and diploma levels needed in Information Technology, Information and Communications services, Innovation and Technology industries in 2022

5.7%

The average percentage of number of students registering Applied Learning Subjects in HKDSE examination in 2012-2017

9.4%

The percentage of ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ successfully registered in the Qualifications Register in 2017

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