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Manpower Development

 

a. Overview
b. Qualifications Framework
c. Academic Programme in Local Post-Secondary Educational Institutes
d. Attracting Talents and Enhancing Professionalism of Practitioners

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a. Overview

Hong Kong's testing and certification industry is built upon a workforce of professionals with high integrity and technical expertise that gives confidence to users of the industry's services. The Council conducted an assessment of the demand and supply of manpower in the industry in 2009. Since then, the Council has also updated some of the figures.

Demand

For testing laboratories and inspection bodies, staff can be non-degree holders but more and more have attained university level education.  Staff with higher qualifications will bring up the technical competence of the establishment.  Disciplines in universities relevant to testing laboratories and inspection bodies are science, applied science, engineering, fashion and textiles etc.

For certification bodies, staff with university level education and working experience in relevant trades are generally sought after.  They may come from various academic disciplines.  The sector is looking for people with good communication and language skills.  Work knowledge is mainly built up through on-the-job training.

Supply

On the supply side, academic programmes and courses related to the industry (such as science, applied science, engineering, fashion and textiles) are offered by local post-secondary educational institutes including the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) of the Vocational Training Council (VTC) as well as the universities. Details of these programmes and courses offered by universities can be found here.

VTC/IVE offers Higher Diploma courses and part-time upgrading courses that are highly relevant to the industry. In the period from 2008-2012, the average number of graduates of the Higher Diploma programmes most relevant to the industry is around 490 per year.

Local universities trained up some 10 000 graduates per year in science, applied science, engineering as well as fashion and textiles disciplines according to information collected at the end of 2012.

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b. Qualifications Framework

The Qualifications Framework (QF) was launched in 2008 with the aim to clearly define the standards of different qualifications, ensure their quality and indicate the articulation ladders between different levels of qualifications.  It is a seven-level hierarchy of qualifications covering the academic, vocational and continuing education sectors. QF will help enhance the overall quality and competitiveness of the local workforce in the long run.

Established in 2010 under QF, the Industry Training Advisory Committee of the Testing, Inspection and Certification Industry has completed the Specification of Competency Standards for the industry and released it in July 2014.  More details on this front can be found in its relevant webpage.

All QF-recognized qualifications and courses are quality assured.  The list of such qualifications and courses can be found in the Qualifications Register.

QF has launched the Award Scheme for Learning Experience to encourage outstanding or emerging practitioners to broaden their horizons through participating in various learning activities and to establish network and connections with industry partners in and outside Hong Kong. Learning activities may be contests, conferences, seminars, study tours and the like, but not education and training programmes.

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c. Academic Programmes in Local Post-Secondary Educational Institutes

VTC/IVE

Local universities

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d. Attracting Talents and Enhancing Professionalism of Practitioners

The Council also sees the need for attracting talents and enhancing the professional standard of practitioners.  Listed below are some activities and trainings on this front.  They are important complements to the provision of academic programmes and courses at the post-secondary level.


i. Attracting Talents

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ii. Enhancing Professionalism for Practitioners

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