statistic shows that currently there are 253,000 unemployed citizens
in Hong Kong, among those 42.3% (i.e., over 100,000) are 40 years
old and over. Mostly due to their low academic training, these individuals
are less competitive in the work marketplace; thus inevitably join
force with the unemployed.
Early this year, a joint project between the "Green
Bird Action' - a special job attachment program of HKCS and The
Senior Citizen Home Safety Association, "The Elder Ring Ambassador"
program, was launched. While the project aims to help combat the
unemployment among the middle-aged, it ensures and increases the
quality of the emergency safety measure for this group of seniors
when their "Elder Rings" are inspected in the process.
Special guests were invited to witness the inauguration
of this joint project. They include: Mr. K W Tsang, Assistant Commissioner
of the Labor Department (Employment Services) and Mrs. Rachel Cartland
JP ,Assistant Director of Social Welfare.
the opening address given by our Chief Executive, Mr. Ng Sui-lai
stated that this joint program meant not only to serve the elders
of our society, it assists 7 middle-aged unemployed individuals
to become self-employed as one of the "Elder Ring Ambassadors".
On behalf of HKCS he advocated joint projects between organizations
and government agencies to benefit the middle-aged unemployed in
our society especially during the economic challenge we are facing
today. He also indicated that to reinforce the effectiveness of
the service offered to the seniors through this program, preliminary,
as well as on-the-job, trainings for the participants would be provided
by HKCS "Green Bird Action". The trainings include: Elder
Psychology, Techniques in Elder Services, Elder Ring Inspection
"Know-how", Technical Training on Electrical Repair, etc.
In the speech during the same event given
by Mr. Timothy Ma, Executive Director of the Senior Citizen Home
Safety Association, he spoke of the ongoing effort of the association
being not only to provide a 24-hour emergency assistance to the
elderly people, but also to provide necessary aid to the ill-fated
group in society in finding employment. The joint project with our
organization does exactly that by offering 7 self-employed opportunities
and 15 internship positions to the middle-aged unemployed persons,
who are interested in serving senior citizens, through HKCS.