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Vaccine priority groups expanded

The Government today expanded the scope of priority groups to cover seven categories of people who have greater risk of exposure to COVID-19 and risk of infection.   Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip told reporters the move was made given the fact that the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has been running smoothly since its launch on February 26 and taking into account the supply of vaccines and the programme’s progress.   The seven categories of people include staff of premises that serve food and beverages, markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, couriers and takeaway delivery including food delivery.   It also comprise staff of local public transport service operators, registered construction workers and property management such as security guards and cleaning and security personnel.   The remaining categories include teachers and school staff, employees in the tourism industry and staff of scheduled premises under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Requirem

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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