The website is http://www.vtc.edu.hk.
Vocational Training Council (VTC) is a statutory body established under VTC Ordinance (Cap. 1130) in 1982 to advise the Chief Executive on the provision of a comprehensive vocational educational and training system to suit the needs of Hong Kong.
VTC provides vocational education and training through its member institutes including Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), Youth College (YC), Chinese Cuisine Training Institute, Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, Institute of Professional Education And Knowledge, School for Higher and Professional Education, Pro-Act by VTC, Hospitality Industry Training and Development Centre, Maritime Services Training Institute, Integrated Vocational Development Centre, Yeo Chei Man Senior Secondary School and Shine Skills Centre. It offers around 240 000 training places each year, providing people of different education levels with pre-employment and in-service vocational education and training programmes, including Higher Diploma courses, in-service short training programmes, training programmes for non-engaged youths and apprentice training.
The Council of VTC has a membership of 18 non-government members, including leading figures in the education, industry, commerce, service and labour sectors, and three government officials, namely, the Commissioner for Labour, the Director-General of Trade and Industry and the Deputy Secretary for Education. The Executive Director of VTC also sits on the Council as an ex-officio member. The operation of the Council is supported by 5 functional committees, 21 training boards and 5 general committees.
The training boards offer advice on the manpower and training needs of various industries or commercial sectors and make recommendations on how these needs may be best met. The 5 general committees are responsible for specific training areas common to more than one sector of the economy. These areas are apprenticeship and trade testing, information technology training and development, management and supervisory training, technologist training, and vocational training for people with disabilities.
IVE offers higher diploma, diploma, foundation diploma, vocational certificate and craft level courses which are designed to enable the young people to build a successful career. Courses are offered in a spectrum of disciplines: applied science; business administration; child education and community services; construction; design, printing, textiles and clothing; electrical and electronic engineering; hotel, service and tourism studies; information technology and mechanical, manufacturing and industrial engineering.
To cope with the development of the creative industry, and the training of world-class talents, HKDI was formally established in November 2006. It brings together strengths from IVE (Sha Tin), IVE (Kwai Chung), IVE (Kwun Tong) and IVE (Tsing Yi) through combining all design-related courses, and offers comprehensive and contemporary design courses from foundation to higher diploma levels.
YC, established in 2004, offers full-time vocational education programmes, such as Diploma in Vocational Education and Foundation Diploma, for Secondary 3 leavers so that they can acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for further study and employment. They are operated in seven campuses.
VTC has completed a review of the remuneration of the top three tiers of staff for the 24 months ending 31 March 2010. The review findings can be found here.
For enquiries on the vocational education courses offered by VTC, please call VTC at (852) 2836 1000.