HKBU survey reveals demands to relax eligibility for the Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme
23 Nov 2021
A survey conducted by a research team led by Dr Jiang Jin, Assistant Professor of the Department of Sociology at HKBU, found that almost half of the responding young adults in Hong Kong who hold a university degree or above consider the Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme to be unattractive, given that only university degree or above holders are eligible for the Scheme. Furthermore, respondents are less willing to engage in economic activities that involve live in the Greater Bay Area (GBA).
The survey also affirmed that career opportunities and funding support for startups or employment in the GBA are the key pull factors that influence young adults’ willingness to engage in economic activities in the GBA.
“To encourage more young adults to pursue their careers in the GBA, the Government should take into account their aspirations and concerns. For instance, considering that young adults may have reservations about residing in GBA cities, the Government should facilitate young adults’ engagement in different types of economic activities in the GBA, especially short-term activities that don’t require them to reside on the Mainland. This may help to gradually relax their reservations about residing in the GBA,” said Dr Jiang Jin.
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