Multinational firm IBM needs to convey a skills teaching programme to Hong Kong educational facilities which will equip pupils as youthful as 15 with technological know-how sector know-how whilst remaining in mainstream training.
If introduced, the 5-12 months programme, which would award graduates an affiliate degree and set them 1st in line for positions at the tech giant, could be a likely match changer with industries complaining of local college students commencing occupation-specific teaching substantially afterwards than their overseas counterparts.
“The latest technological know-how, like artificial intelligence, knowledge analytics … variations the earth and the future of jobs. These ‘new collar’ jobs contact for a new solution in training,” Mary Legislation Wai-oi, head of company citizenship at IBM Hong Kong, stated.
Thus, she stated IBM was discovering the chance of bringing its P-TECH design to Hong Kong.
1st introduced in 2011 in New York, P-TECH, which stands for Pathways in Technology Early College Large School, is a 5- to six-12 months partnership between secondary educational facilities, tertiary establishments and industries for college students to obtain skills desired for an entry-stage placement.
The programme, which is no cost for college students to enrol in, has considering the fact that been prolonged to extra than a hundred educational facilities in the US and overseas, which include Taiwan and most lately, Singapore. In addition to IBM, other corporations have also joined the company social duty initiative, which include Fujitsu and Swarovski.
“A good deal of [graduates] do not have enough of the skills that the industries require,” Legislation observed.
Under the P-TECH design, college students continue being in their secondary educational facilities, which a liaison, an staff of the business spouse, is effective with to detect skills desired in the sector and jointly establish the curriculum. Right after completing secondary training, college students enter a tertiary institution to carry on the programme. They also get steering from mentors and paid internships with business partners.
Not like in the US the place there is extra variation in college curricula, Hong Kong public educational facilities mainly adhere to a Diploma of Secondary Education and learning (DSE) program, which culminates in a public exam at the finish of Secondary Six.
But Legislation stated the P-TECH design could continue to get the job done in just the existing program with changes.
Professor Stephen Chiu Wing-kai, chair professor of Education and learning University’s department of social sciences, considered the programme would really encourage college students interested in pursuing skills teaching to do so at a young age.
At this time, most college students stay in mainstream educational facilities for extra tutorial training till Secondary Six, when they sit for the DSE exam for a likelihood to enter college. Those switching to the vocational observe mainly do so soon after turning 17 and at the tertiary stage. In Switzerland and Singapore, about two-thirds of kids swap to vocational teaching at age 16.
There is the possibility for college students who have concluded Secondary 3 to acquire a diploma programme at the Vocational Teaching Council in Hong Kong, but with them getting to forgo the DSE, the city’s principal higher education entrance exam, the route is not incredibly eye-catching with fewer than 5 for every cent of every single cohort selecting this possibility.
Even though the DSE also offers used mastering subjects, such as picture style and aviation experiments, they have a reduced acquire-up level of between three,772 and 5,428 from 2012 to past 12 months, out of extra than sixty,000 candidates.
Chiu stated Hong Kong modern society continue to positioned a good deal of worth on getting into college, with a massive big difference in early cash flow with and without a degree, therefore it was tough to anticipate college students to swap to a vocational route all through secondary training.
Furthermore, candidates of DSE used mastering subjects can only score a highest quality of 4, as opposed with the top rated mark of 5** for tutorial subjects, and the former is not accepted by lots of college classes for admission.
Chiu considered the P-TECH programme could get the job done in Hong Kong if it could be packaged into a “premium” used mastering topic with a lengthier analyze period of time of three a long time as opposed with just two a long time for such subjects at the moment. In the new program, the best quality attainable could also be improved to 5.
“Because IBM is very well recognized in the business, universities giving computer experiments programmes are extra very likely to recognise the classes,” he stated.
“Having a probable exit issue into degree programmes soon after the 1st three a long time of P-TECH training in secondary college for college students who could possibly not be material with an affiliate degree also presents them an possibility to enter college,” he stated, with the city’s degree-conscious dad and mom and college students extra ready to embrace such a program.
For the coming college 12 months, senior secondary college students can acquire a new used mastering topic in railway experiments supported by the MTR Academy, the rail giant’s teaching and investigate wing.
Benny Hui Kwai-ping, who attained a increased diploma in information and facts technological know-how for enterprise at the Institute of Vocational Education and learning in Sha Tin, stated the programme was eye-catching with IBM currently being amid the top rated corporations in the business.
“It will be very good to have mentors guiding you,” he stated. “After I concluded the Certification of Education and learning Examination below the aged training program soon after Secondary Five, I was a little bit lost as to what IT fields to pursue in spite of my enthusiasm for the discipline from a youthful age.”
Fortuitously for Hui, by likelihood, he satisfied an inspiring instructor at the institute, who finally helped him obtain a important appropriate for him and he now has a constant occupation.
Legislation observed that 5 public secondary educational facilities as very well as a tertiary institution and three business partners in Hong Kong experienced expressed interest in the task, which could commence quickly if the Education and learning Bureau approves it.