Full Commitment to the E&M Trades
With the commencement of major infrastructure projects, engineering workers, especially those of the Electrical and Mechanical (E&M) industry are in great demand. Major E&M organisations are providing comprehensive training, advancement opportunity and a bright future for youngsters who are interested in joining the industry. A recent industry survey revealed that the E&M industry was still more than 2,000 workers short, and the situation would only worsen as a result of our aging population.
EMSD is committed to the growth and sustainability of the E&M trades. In 2012, we took the lead to set up the E&M Trade Promotion Working Group, comprising 19 related trade organisations, including government departments, public agencies, public utility companies, trade associations and unions. The Working Group organised exhibitions, recruitment activities, roadshows and other publicity campaigns to attract new blood to the E&M industry.
This year, we kicked off our promotional activities in January with the broadcasting of nine-episode TV series named “Engineering, Life and Dream” (機電夢飛翔), jointly produced by Radio Television Hong Kong and EMSD. Each 25-minute episode is an independent story about an E&M discipline, complete with drama and interviews. The nine disciplines covered are public transportation, electricity, district cooling, gas, airport, lift and escalator, hospital, wind power and water supply. The two episodes of “My Grandpa da Vinci” (我的達文西爺爺) and “Light up the Loving Road” (照出愛情路) included the interviews of our colleagues of the Health Sector Division and Airport and Vehicle Engineering Division who shared the engineers’ values in safeguarding the operation of the healthcare facilities and airport.
The TV programme aims to increase public awareness and understanding of the E&M industry, its role in society, its development and practitioners’ daily life so as to attract more young people to the E&M trades.
To enhance the promotional effect of the TV programme, we also participated in a two-day “E&M Trades Expo ─ Manpower Recruitment”, organised by E&M Trade Promotion Working Group in late February at the VTC Youth College (Kwai Chung). The Expo featured a booth exhibition and provided in-depth information on career talks, advancement courses, on-the-job training programmes, and on-site recruitment interviews were conducted. The event was well received and attracted over 3,200 visitors.