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In response to HKSAR Government’s proposed smart city blueprint, Vocational Training Council (VTC) and J.P. Morgan are establishing a three-year pilot initiative called future-ready talent incubation programme that will help around 600 higher diploma students from VTC pursue STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers.
The banking giant will provide HK$11.7 million to support the programme, which comprises integrated work-based learning experience, STEM skills and personal competencies as well as career planning. Other than funding, J.P. Morgan employees will also volunteer their time and expertise to mentor VTC students by providing career advice and industry insights , while the company also provides on-the-job training including industry attachments of at least 280 hours, 20 hours of career coaching and training, as well as real-life problem-based projects.
The programme aims to address Hong Kong’s talent shortage in six areas, including data analytics and artificial intelligence, information technology security, cloud computing, smart/intelligence application development, immersive and digital media technologies, and financial technology. It also complements J.P. Morgan’s existing partnership with the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks, which prepares students of sub-degree programmes for jobs in technology start-ups at the Science Park.
“J.P. Morgan is committed to ensuring that the communities where we live and work can create new pathways to economic opportunity, and the firm sees the expansion of high-quality career-focused education and training as a fundamental tool in paving the road to opportunity for students in the new century,” Filippo Gori, deputy CEO for Asia Pacific at J.P. Morgan, said.