Around 80% of participants have found the Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme (GBAYES) to be beneficial, according to a survey of employers and employees.
The scheme aims to encourage businesses with operations in both Hong Kong and the GBA to recruit recent Hong Kong graduates to work in the Mainland GBA cities.
To assess the effectiveness of the Scheme, MWYO in collaboration with HKGCC have launched a longitudinal impact study in four phases, conducting online surveys and in-depth interviews. MWYO released its report for Phase 1 on 22 January, which looks at the views, expectations and difficulties encountered by the employers and employees.
According to the survey, 82% of employers said the scheme had helped them understand the skills of graduates. Among employees, 93% said that participating in GBAYES supported their career development. Challenges reported by employers included HR issues, in particular confusion around tax arrangements.
Two questionnaires were used, one for employers and the other for employees, which were distributed by HKGCC to participating member companies. In-depth interviews were also conducted with 10 employers, to present a more comprehensive analysis.
GBAYES was announced by Chief Executive Carrie Lam in her 2020 Policy Address. HKGCC members are major supporters of the scheme and have provided more than 450 places to local young people.
You can read the report and its recommendations in the links below.