Three young inmates of Lai Chi Rehabilitation Centre (LCRC) completed their vocational training courses in April and became the first batch of graduates under the "Teen's Programme". They were presented with certificates at a ceremony held at the institution today (April 29) in recognition of their achievements.
Two of the inmates were presented with a Certificate in Business and Office Operations and another was presented with a Certificate in Foundation in Hairdressing under the programme.
"Teen's Programme" was jointly launched by the Correctional Services Department and Vocational Training Council (VTC) at LCRC and Chi Lan Rehabilitation Centre (CLRC) at the beginning of this year. Participating inmates are required to complete 120 hours of generic skills training and 180 hours of vocational skills training. Graduates under the programme are eligible to apply for the VTC's certificate courses offered to secondary three students. The two rehabilitation centres currently offer courses in beauty care, business and office operations, hairdressing and building services.
The Superintendent (Vocational Training) of the Correctional Services Department, Mr Kan Chi-shing, said the introduction of the "Teen's Programme" aimed at providing more channels for rehabilitation centre inmates to learn practical skills and obtain skill accreditation. He said: "CSD hopes that the programme can help inmates with lower academic qualifications regain their learning motivation, treasure the opportunity of self-enhancement and prepare for their re-integration into society after release."
Situated at 110 Shek O Road, LCRC has 160 penal places for male offenders. Situated at 16 Wa Tai Road, Kwai Chung, CLRC has 40 penal places for female offenders. As required by the Rehabilitation Centres Ordinance, the rehabilitation centres accommodate young offenders aged between 14 and 20.
Ends/Friday, April 29, 2011
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Acting Assistant Executive Director of the Vocational Training Council, Mrs Yvonne Ko (third right), presents certificates to three Lai Chi Rehabilitation Centre inmates at the "Teen's Programme" graduation ceremony.