Caring for the Community
Employment and Training Opportunities
Committed in promoting Lantau as a pleasant place for learning, working and living, AsiaWorld-Expo is one of the Founding Members of “Lantau Development Alliance (LaDA)” since 2012.
Nurturing Talented Youngsters and Sustaining Community Development
To facilitate local training and local employment of young people on Lantau, AsiaWorld-Expo has been actively fostering local youth development. The Lantau Development Alliance collaborates with the “Vocational Training Council (VTC)” and “Mu Min Network Service Centre (MMNSC)” to introduce a district-based diploma course – “Youth-Up” Development Program, for the first time in Lantau. It provides Lantau youth a one-year Foundation Diploma in Hospitality course, with classes conducted locally in Tung Chung. Another key element of the program is that students are offered weekly attachments to LaDA corporate members for paid on-the-job training. Being one of the job-matching partners, AsiaWorld-Expo is pleased to offer learning platforms for nurturing local young talents to join the MICE industry.
Since 2009, AsiaWorld-Expo has been actively participating in job fairs and recruitment days organised by the Tung Chung Job Centre of Labour Department, which offers full-time, part-time and temporary openings to local job seekers to facilitate local employment, including security personnel, F&B and kitchen staff, cleaners, construction professionals, engineers and others. As one of the Steering Committee Members of the “Aero-Bridgehead Economy Employers Network”, AsiaWorld-Expo also exhibited in the Network’s first strategic regional recruitment expo, offering a wide range of jobs.
With a diverse range of EXPOtainment events being held tin AsiaWorld-Expo, numerous part-time and temporary staff members are being hired and appropriate trainings were given. For instance, over a thousand of part-time F&B staffs, who mainly come from Tung Chung community, are required to cater the intense labour demand of a large-scale corporate banquet. The job openings facilitate not only local employment, but also provide learning platform for local youth.
- For those university or secondary school graduates who are interested in joining the MICE industry, this serves as a stepping stone to get to know more before committing to a full-time position.
- Apart from taking care of family, housewives could utilise spare time for a part-time job.
In addition, AsiaWorld-Expo has been hosting a number of career talks and on-site familiarisation tours for tertiary institutions every year, enabling students a thorough understanding of the MICE industry. AsiaWorld-Expo also provides internship positions to university students in disciplines such as Event Planning, PR, Marketing, F&B, and Contract Administration.
To help the unemployed and ex-offenders reintegrate into the society and to enhance their self-esteem, AsiaWorld-Expo launched the Multi-dimensional Event Services Programme in association with “Bright Services”, a Social Enterprise of the “Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong (SRACP)“ in 2008 to continuously offer training and placement opportunities in porterage and event technical support services. In its first year, the programme generated 537 training opportunities, 528 temporary jobs and 8 permanent jobs. In recognition of this programme, AsiaWorld-Expo has received the “Benevolent Employers of Rehabilitated Offenders Award” since 2012, which is organized by the SRACP.
Lantau Community Development
To facilitate collaboration in the local community, AsiaWorld-Expo often joins in hands with event organisers and a number of NGOs, including YMCA of Hong Kong, the Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council Tung Chung Integrated Services Centre, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council, and Christian and Missionary Alliance Tung Chung Church, to invite underprivileged families or ethnic minority children to public events at AsiaWorld-Expo for a fruitful day with learning and fun.
To share joy of traditional festive seasons with needy members of the community, AsiaWorld-Expo has been collaborating with NGOs in Tung Chung since 2010, distributing rice cakes before Chinese New Year, and lanterns before Mid-Autumn Festival.
Charitable Donation and Sponsorship
AsiaWorld-Expo and its team actively supports and participates in a wide range of charitable activities, including the MSF Day Donation Campaign organised by the Médecins Sans Frontières Hong Kong, Flag Day organised by the Christian Action, Hong Chi Charity Cookies Sale organised by the Hong Chi Association, New Territories Flag Day organised by the Hong Kong Outlying Islands Women's Association (OIWA), Raffle Tickets Sale organised by the Families of SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) Charitable Trust, and Donation of used computers and peripherals to Caritas Hong Kong.
In view of the significant demand on AsiaWorld-Expo’s catering services and to minimise food wastage, AsiaWorld-Expo collaborates with local food bank Food Angel and NGO Ladder Mission, donating surplus food to help support the underprivileged in the community. Since 2011, over 8 tonnes of food have been delivered to the needy.
In anticipation of the multiple large-scale infrastructure and development projects to be commenced in a few years ahead, which includes the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link and The Third Runway, North Lantau, where AsiaWorld-Expo is located, will see rapid growth and give rise to the “Aero-Bridgehead Economy” which will drive dynamic economic development and tremendous employment opportunities.
A recent study revealed that the new opportunities arise will create more than 300,000 up-scale jobs in the next 5 to 10 years, and facilitate upward mobility for young talents living in Lantau and New Territories West.
Sharing the same vision of facilitating local community development, and promoting Lantau as a pleasant place for learning, working and living, AsiaWorld-Expo joined hands with a group of prospective Lantau employers to establish the “Aero-Bridgehead Economy Employers Network” in May 2016. The convenor of the Network – Mr. Allen Ha, Chief Executive Officer of AsiaWorld-Expo remarked that the Network aims at attracting talents and promoting regional training through the collaboration with strategic partners. The network members are committed to laying the groundwork for upward mobility of the youth working in the community.