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Cathay Pacific celebrates work trainees' graduation

10 May 2005

Cathay Pacific Airways today celebrated the graduation of 11 young people who trained with the airline for six months at Hong Kong International Airport as part of the Labour Department’s Youth Work Experience and Training Scheme (YWET).

It was the second time Cathay Pacific has taken part in the scheme. In 2002, the airline provided placements to help 30 young people kick-start their careers.

The latest batch of trainees, which arrived last November, has been working at the airport as Customer Services Trainees. They have also attended weekly classroom sessions to learn more about aviation, service skills and improve their English and Putonghua.

Guests for the graduation included Cathay Pacific Manager Personnel Strategy and Relations Albert Wong, Director Youth Pre-employment Training Programme and YWET Bertha Cheng and Programme Managers for the YWET scheme Samantha Lam and Annie Chan.

“As a Hong Kong’s Airline, Cathay Pacific is honoured to have taken part in the YWET scheme,” said Albert Wong. “The airport is the first – and the last – place people experience when visiting Hong Kong. Our airport teams carry a lot of responsibility to maintain Hong Kong’s image and we hope that the trainees gained a lot from the experience.”

Bertha Cheng said: “Aviation, tourism and the hotel business are vital to the city’s future growth. I am glad that YWET participants at Cathay Pacific received valuable on-the-job training to help them forward with their careers.”