By Poyi (Natalie) Leung
The Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) and MTR Corporation Ltd yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see the Hong Kong railway operator provide technical support to train locals employed with the light rapid transit (LRT).
DSAL director Shuen Ka Hung said at the signing ceremony at the bureau premises that related training courses will be launched to “satisfy the demands for personnel in the management, technical, maintenance and operation areas” of the LRT which the government expects to become operational in 2015.
The signing of the MOU indicated that preparation for training has been activated, Shuen said.
The DSAL chief disclosed that the training will cover equipment maintenance, traffic control and train station management.
However, Shuen told reporters that it was not yet certain how many places the courses would offer or when they would be launched.
“We are striving to meet with the related public work departments within the next two weeks to collect their opinions and learn about their needs and demands, so that we and MTR Corporation can design the most appropriate training model,” he said.
Meanwhile, Shuen said the training will accept Macau residents only and in addition to free tuition, the government will provide the trainees with a “reasonable allowance”.
He revealed that the first phase of cooperation is to begin general mass transit system training in Macau from instructors from MTR Corporation and trainees may also receive internships at the Hong Kong railway operator.
The second phase, he added, will open “on-the-job-training” programs based on “Macau’s transport systems and the use of equipment and facilities”.
Human resources director of MTR Corporation Ltd William Chan, said the company will “try their best to bring their world-class railway management, operation and maintenance experiences to Macau”.
Shuen called on local’s to take part in the training, believing the future prospects of the railway industry to be “very bright”.