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Cash allowance scheme set

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government will launch a three-year Cash Allowance Trial Scheme in late June to alleviate the livelihood difficulties faced by grassroots families who have been waiting for public rental housing for a long time.   At a press conference this afternoon, Permanent Secretary for Transport & Housing (Housing)/Director of Housing Agnes Wong said the cash allowance is not a rent subsidy and the recipients are not required to use it to pay for rent.   “This is purely to relieve their financial pressure while waiting for public rental housing.      “We aim to send out around 90,000 application forms to the eligible applicants by the end of this month. We urge them to complete the form and return it to us as soon as possible.”   The cash allowance amount is determined by the number of people in a public rental housing application who meet all eligibility criteria.   Along with other criteria

200 jobs, internships to be created

The Commerce & Economic Development Bureau today said it will launch two internship programmes to create some 200 full-time entry-level job opportunities for young people in the creative industries and telecommunications sectors.   The Future International Talent (FIT) programme and the Telecommunications Opportunities Programme (TOP) will work in collaboration with six international chambers of commerce in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG).   Under FIT, the six participating chambers will help recruit their member companies to offer over 100 internship or job opportunities to young people.   The TOP will provide about 100 internship placements offered by various telecommunications-related companies to young people through the HKFYG’s strong networks. Vacancies include positions for software programmers, assistant engineers and sales and marketing trainees.   Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau thanked the six international chambers and the HKFYG for their partnership and commitment towards the nurturing of talents in Hong Kong.   He said: “I am confident that with their respective comprehensive networks and knowledge of the trade and young people, the two programmes will be launched successfully.   “The two programmes will also provide much-needed job opportunities for our young people at this difficult time.”    For the two internship programmes, the Government will provide monthly salary subsidies under the Job Creation Scheme funded by the Anti-epidemic Fund.   The subsidy level is set at $5,610 per fresh graduate or graduate to be with no work experience, and $10,000 for one with no more than five years of work experience, for a maximum of 12 months.   The intern recruitment exercises will commence within the first quarter of this year. Details will be announced in due course. 
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