The CLAP-TECH Pathway (“CLAP-TECH”) is funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust as part of the Jockey Club Multiple Pathways Initiative. A tripartite partnership between secondary schools, industry partners and the Hong Kong Baptist University, the project equips students with valuable skills, competencies and work ethics via non-traditional education pathways, enabling them to take on “new collar” roles that are increasingly popular across industries.
CLAP-TECH is built upon P-TECH, a learning model pioneered by IBM which is now implemented in over 200 schools in 28 countries. In a 5-year journey, students explore and develop their interests, skills and competencies through in-class learning and workplace exposures. CLAP-TECH starts at as Applied Learning Courses under the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) level, advancing to Higher Diploma. It currently offers two areas of study with a focus either on ICT, or creative media.
“The ‘new normal’ is changing the way we live, communicate, and the very nature of work. CLAP-TECH prepares students for competitive ‘new collar’ jobs with in-demand skills, and acknowledges the paradigm shift in hiring – that many employers prefer hands-on skills and relevant attributes over a degree.”
The pathway aims at developing students for the new-collar jobs that ICT and STEM industries in Hong Kong will require. An important feature of the study pathway is that the participating industry partners will support the learning of senior-form secondary students throughout the entire journey, by offering mentorships, internships and other experiences.