The government of Hong Kong has launched a Vocational Professional Admission Scheme (VPAS) aimed at providing vocational and professional education and training to young Nigerians and other international students.
The scheme offers full-time higher diploma programs in various fields, including aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, innovation and tech, electrical and mechanical services, and building, civil engineering, and the built environment.
To be eligible for the training, applicants must possess a minimum qualification of a senior secondary school certificate and demonstrate proficiency in the English language.
The Vocational Training Council (VTC) has also introduced an English Enhancement Programme to support non-local students in improving their language skills.
Successful graduates of the VPAS program can apply for a VPAS visa, allowing them to stay in Hong Kong for 12 months to pursue employment opportunities.
Participants can seek an extension of their stay if they secure employment aligned with their academic specialization.
After completing seven years of residency, including academic studies and a minimum of four years of full-time employment, VPAS participants become eligible to apply for permanent residency in Hong Kong.
The VTC provides training facilities and support services for students who require assistance, and accommodation at its dormitories may be offered based on availability.
Graduates of the program receive internationally recognized qualifications, with about 90% of VTC’s higher diploma holders employed, earning an average starting salary of N3 million or $2,000 monthly.
Applicants can apply for the VPAS scheme through the official application portal, which will be open until April 30, 2024.
This article was updated 2 weeks ago