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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

Polishing skills for better prospects

Like many young people looking to join the workforce, Lemon Lam, 23, has had trouble forging his career path in the current economic environment that has been battered by the COVID-19 epidemic.   Despite having a Higher Diploma in Computer & Electronic Engineering, he has only been able to land part-time stints in sales.   Hoping to find a new career direction, he joined the Employees Retraining Board’s Certificate in Youth Inspiration Training course.   Run by a training body appointed by the Employees Retraining Board, the programme helps young people become more marketable during these challenging times.   Mr Lam said that the course has pumped himself up.   “I was not able to clearly talk about my strengths during job interviews. When a prospective employer asked how I could contribute to their company, I did not know how to answer and I lost the opportunity.”   He explained that his communication skills have improved and he is now better equipped to pursue his dream job.   “I have learnt how to deal with job interviews and my communication skills have improved. In the future, if I am asked about my strengths, I will know how to respond. I am more confident now.”   Attractive content The training course teaches trainees leadership, problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills.   One of the course’s instructors has even devised a creative way to enhance trainees’ employment outlook by giving them a Korean-style makeover for their headshots.   Instructor Wayne Tsang said: “A good headshot in your resume shows employers that you actually care about your presentation and leaves a good impression.”   To make the course even more attractive to youths, it provides training on offbeat topics.   For example, it offers them a window into Japanese and Korean culture and boosts their short film production and webcasting abilities.   Trainee Mavis Chau said the course has inspired her to learn more about Japanese and short film production.   “I initially thought I would take the course’s elective module to only learn Japanese, but later I found I was able to discover new things about the country’s food and culture.”   Ms Chau, a secondary school graduate who has struggled to pin down full-time work, said she is determined to study Japanese and start making short films for her online broadcasts.   Strong support The training course extends employment counselling for trainees and offers follow-up services to the programme’s graduates.   “The key feature of this programme is that we will provide additional support and counselling to every individual trainee through registered social workers,” Employees Retraining Board Senior Manager (Course Development) CK Lam said.   “The social workers will help them enrich and polish their CVs according to their backgrounds, such as strengths or past experiences in extracurricular activities.”   Held under the Employees Retraining Board’s Love Upgrading Special Scheme 3, the course is open to people aged between 15 and 24, free of charge, with allowances for eligible trainees.   Visit the course’s website for more details.
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