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Through all-round internship programmes, Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) helps future-proof local and overseas tertiary students to engage in Hong Kong’s technology and reindustrialisation developments.
The cultivation of innovation & technology (I&T) talent is critical to Hong Kong’s continuous economic growth under the digitalisation-driven new normal. Therefore, HKPC is paying enormous attention to the training of ‘InnoTalent’.
Since its establishment in 1967, HKPC has been focusing on future-forward areas such as research and development (R&D), IoT, big data analytics, AI, robotic technology, and digital manufacturing to support Hong Kong enterprises and industries. This is being achieved through integrated advanced technologies and innovative service offerings.
But HKPC’s passion isn’t restricted to technology – it extends to talent as well. This is why it is actively supporting Hong Kong’s development into an international I&T hub under the framework of the National 14th Five-Year Plan and related new initiatives by the HKSAR Government, by equipping the young generation with appropriate job skills and knowledge in new technology through various internship programmes.
HKPC’s ‘InnoTalent Programme’ is one such campaign, fully devoted to equipping tertiary students with skillsets for future employability, thus expanding the pool of young R&D talent. This programme has put HKPC’s social mission of nurturing the next generation into action by creating hands-on experiences and learning opportunities for talent to equip themselves.
“The I&T industry is now the dominant trend, making the nurturing of a new generation of R&D talent even more pressing. As the wave of digital transformation has heightened demand for the application and talent of R&D technology, HKPC takes on the task of strengthening the I&T talent pool and strives to equip young people with future work skills and broaden their I&T horizons,” says Mohamed Butt, Executive Director of HKPC.
The summer cohort of HKPC’s InnoTalent Programme 2022 sees interns being deployed across 14 divisions, such as automotive platforms & application systems, green living & innovation, robotics & artificial intelligence, smart city, smart manufacturing, etc. During this eight-week metaverse-themed learning journey, interns will participate in a series of ‘FutureSkills’ training, field trips, job shadowing, and the aptly-named, ‘dare-to-try’ project presentation competition. All these experiences help enrich their knowledge and pave their way for a career in I&T with a better understanding of the latest developments in the industry and the application scenarios of various new technologies.
To further strengthen the local I&T talent pipeline, HKPC has also partnered with different universities and education institutes, including The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the City University of Hong Kong, and the Vocational Training Council, to incubate more InnoTalent in Hong Kong.
“At HKPC, tertiary students can obtain unique learning and practical opportunities, participate in different R&D projects and have in-depth exchanges with expert consultants, thereby giving full play to their abilities and applying what they learn, so as to make better career plans for the future,” says Eliza Ng, Chief People and Culture Officer of HKPC.
With an overwhelming response of close to 1,500 applications from students across top-notch local and overseas universities, HKPC has shortlisted “the best of the best” students who demonstrated an innovative mindset, excellent communication and language skills, as well as strong interest in R&D. HKPC is one of the local organisations hiring the highest number of summer interns, 48 in total.
Evidently, through such initiatives, HKPC cultivates employees who can unleash their potential to achieve higher and better.