Local companies willing to retain interns following internship scheme – Labour bureau

Data reflects that local enterprises are willing to retain their interns, while young people “actually enjoy more power” in deciding whether to stay in the company, Vice Director of Labor Affairs Bureau (DSAL) Chan Un Tong told MNA today (Wednesday).

The comments were given at the press conference of “Creating Better Job Perspectives for 2022”, an internship scheme for local graduates.

A total of 1,780 internship positions will be provided by 57 companies in this scheme, covering major industries such as hotel and tourism, public affairs, finance and insurance, construction engineering, medical care, air transportation, retailing, and technology, of which 43 per cent have no restrictions for applicants’ majors.

Some 1,030 slots will be launched in the first phase, with the remaining quotas to be decided according to the application situation in the time period.

The internship will last for 3 months, with an allowance of MOP8,000 (US$989) per month or MOP50 per hour granted by the enterprises.

Local residents who graduated between 2019 and 2022 can register on the DSAL website starting from today to July 8.

A DSAL job supervisor, Wong Sio Kuan, said that a total of 1,000 people have completed the internship scheme in the past two years, of which 599 people were offered a full-time position by the company, with only 385 people finally signed the contract.

The DSAL vice-director indicated to MNA the data shows that many companies want to keep their interns, but the final decision rests with these young people.

Chan also said that this internship program has “received strong support” from the local enterprises, and it is difficult to provide such “learning opportunities” during the pandemic.

“Making the decision of whether or not to enter the workplace relies more on the youngsters themselves, not the government or the companies,” the vice-director stressed, “the internship is a good learning opportunity, it is the time to show your ability to the companies and make them want to keep you.”

Meanwhile, Chan suggested that the graduates should write a good resume and consult with human resources experts.

Regarding the question of adding more internship opportunities for foreign language speakers, the DSAL said more information will be provided later, and people who need information about this internship scheme in English or Portuguese can contact DSAL.