23 March 2021 | Hong Kong
FWD promotes social integration by equipping Hong Chi trainees with practical skills and work opportunities
FWD Hong Kong (“FWD”) is pleased to announce its partnership with Hong Chi Association (“Hong Chi”) to sponsor HKD 2.8 million towards setting up the Dishwashing Training Centre at Hong Chi Pinehill Integrated Vocational Rehabilitation Services Centre in Tai Po. The Centre is an extension of the FWD x Hong Chi “Live Up Today” Programme established in 2014 to help people with autism and intellectual disabilities to develop their potential and advocate for social integration.
Since the three-year dishwashing training project commenced in 2019, 160 Hong Chi trainees have attended training courses for building knowledge such as manual dishwashing skills, and 14 of them have undertaken vocational placements to work for Hong Chi’s social service units and other catering facilities. So far, the project has provided dishwashing service to 10 groups of customers serving 1,040 users. Recently, the training centre has expanded its daily service coverage to the A.S. Watson Industries Canteen Service at Tai Po, a testament to the Hong Chi trainees’ dedicated work.
“We’re excited to team up with Hong Chi Association to establish the new Dishwashing Training Centre. The Centre can help increase Hong Chi members’ competitiveness with practical skills applicable in a real working environment, while providing a genuinely useful service for the community as a whole,” said Ken Lau, FWD’s Managing Director for Greater China & Hong Kong CEO. “Over the past few years, we have provided funding support of over HKD 11 million via a range of programmes, empowering over 7,000 people with autism and intellectual disabilities to celebrate living and foster social integration.”
“We are truly thankful to have the continued support from our long-time partner FWD Hong Kong throughout the years. With generous funding from FWD, the Association’s first-ever dishwashing training centre has been set up to provide job training and work opportunities to people with mild and moderate intellectual disabilities. The well-equipped training centre can assist them in better adapting to the ever-changing job market. This meaningful collaboration shows the unlimited abilities of our trainees and proves that people with intellectual disabilities are contributing members of society.” Lydia Yip, Vice-Chairman of Hong Chi Association said.
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Ken Lau, Managing Director for Greater China & Hong Kong CEO of FWD (left) and Lydia Yip, Vice-Chairman of Hong Chi Association (right) visited the FWD X Hong Chi “Live Up Today” Programme Dishwashing Training Centre at Hong Chi Pinehill Integrated Vocational Rehabilitation Services Centre in Tai Po.