About 70 per cent of university students in Hong Kong are willing to work on the mainland after graduation, Xinhua reports. A survey by the Hong Kong United Youth Association, which canvassed 460 students from six universities in Hong Kong, found that Shanghai was the respondents' first choice, followed by Beijing. About 11 per cent of students said they would accept a job for less than HK$5,000 a month.
Firms prefer young who have volunteered in western regions
Young people who have volunteered in the western regions of the mainland are more preferred by employers, Xinhua reports. According to a survey by the China Youth Daily, which interviewed 1,044 employers, 63 per cent of respondents preferred hiring candidates with experience volunteering in the western regions. They valued the dedication, integrity and good communication skills of the volunteers.
More training places to fill jobs in booming industries
The Australian government is offering training to people under 25 who want to find a job in booming industries, ABC Rural reports. It will provide up to 39,000 training places in infrastructure, construction, renewable energy and resources. "We need to train more Australians and not rely too heavily on skilled migration to solve skills shortages," says Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard.