CIC splashes out $214 million to train more workers

CIC splashes out $214 million to train more workers

The Construction Industry Council is rolling out new training schemes at a cost of HK$214 million which the council hopes will lead to 8,700 new workers a year being trained for the construction industry.

Council chairman Lee Shing-see said currently there are over 300,000 registered construction workers but about half of them were over 50 years of age and there were skills mismatches.

A buoyant construction industry as a result of increased government spending on infrastructure and more private building projects has led to a shortage of workers.

Construction workers at the MTRC's West Kowloon Terminus site of the Express Rail Link. The Construction Industry Council says about half of the registered workers in the industry were over 50 years of age.  (Danny Chung)

Construction workers at the MTRC’s West Kowloon Terminus site of the Express Rail Link. The Construction Industry Council says about half of the registered workers in the industry were over 50 years of age. (Danny Chung)

As such it was necessary to add new blood and to this end, the council was splashing out HK$214 million on promoting four training schemes to attract new workers.

For example, the “Subcontractor Co-operation Training Scheme” aims to hire workers first and then provide on-the-job training for six months while being paid at least HK$12,000 per month.

On completion of training, the subcontractor would employ the worker for a year.

Another programme, the “Contractor Co-operation Training Scheme” targets eight types of electrical and mechanical trades where the worker is trained for six months and is paid HK$150 a day as a training subsidy.

First year trainees at the Vocational Training Council studying for diplomas in vocational education on electrical and mechanical engineering courses will get a monthly subsidy of HK$2,800 with employers afterwards being required to employ them for a year.

The fourth programme was targeted at workers who have completed construction industry training schemes and required additional on-the-job training.

Billy Wong Wing-hoo, chairman of the Construction Industry Training Board, which comes under the CIC, said currently there were 9,000 vacancies representing a vacancy rate of 15 percent in the construction industry.

In the past, the CIC provided 3,000 training places a year but with the new schemes on board, the council hoped up to 8,700 workers a year would be trained up for the construction industry.

Danny Chung

 

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