A new institute will be established in Hong Kong to entice young people to pursue a career in the construction industry, Secretary for Development Michael Wong Wai-lun said.
In his blog on Sunday, Wong said construction has been one of the major pillar industries in the Hong Kong economy. More manpower will be required as various infrastructure and urban renewal projects are under way.
The government will pursue construction projects in an orderly fashion so as to improve the people’s quality of life, push for economic development and enhance the city’s long-term competitiveness, Wong said.
Currently, the government spends more than HK$80 billion a year on public works and the amount is expected to stay at a high level over the next few years.
Wong believes there will be many opportunities ahead, noting that the Construction Industry Council estimates HK$300 billion will be spent every year on construction projects by the public and private sectors in the next five to ten years.
The government will continue to pour resources into cost-effective public works, such as the New Development Areas, the Central Kowloon Route highway project, the Kai Tak Sports Park and the 10-year Hospital Development Plan, he said.
Wong said the “Build Up” training program, an initiative launched in 2010 by the Development Bureau in order to meet the growing demands of the construction industry, has helped increase the number of registered workers in the sector from 287,000 to 447,000 over the past few years.
In order to attract young blood to the industry, the Construction Industry Council is planning to set up a Hong Kong construction institute in the first half of 2018, Wong said.
He also said his bureau will strive to attract more people from ethnic minority groups to work in the industry through various measures.
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