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2022-07-21

KMB Academy Establishment Ceremony nurture bus captains and professional technicians

The Kowloon Motor Bus Co. (1933) Ltd. has organised the KMB Academy Establishment Ceremony today (21 July). Lam Sai Hung, Secretary for Transport and Logistics, Hon Rock Chen Chung Nin, Chairman of Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications and Legislative Council Member, Rosanna Law Shuk Pui, Commissioner for Transport, and Dr. Norman Leung Nai Pang, KMB Chairman officiated at the Plaque Unveiling Ceremony.

The KMB Academy is the first institution in Hong Kong accredited by the Qualifications Framework providing professional training programmes for franchised bus maintenance personnel and bus captains. “Certificate in Bus Maintenance” and “Certificate in Public Bus (Franchised) Driving” offered by the KMB Academy were approved by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation and Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). They were recognised at Level two and Level three under the Qualifications Framework in Hong Kong (HKQF), respectively. It means that the content, quality, and teaching mode of each course taught by the Academy have achieved international recognition under the quality assurance of the HKCAAVQ.

The Establishment Ceremony was initially planned to be held early this year, but it was postponed to today due to the fifth wave of the epidemic. Lam Sai Hung, Secretary for Transport and Logistics, Hon Rock Chen Chung Nin, Chairman of Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, and Legislative Council Member Rosanna Law Shuk Pui, Commissioner for Transport, were accompanied by Dr. Norman Leung Nai Pang, Chairman of KMB, Dr. John Chan Cho Chak, Deputy Chairman, William Louey Lai Kuen, Non-executive Director, Andy Tsang Wai Hung, Independent Non-executive Director, and Roger Lee Chak Cheong, Managing Director, officiated at the Plaque Unveiling Ceremony. KMB also held the 1st and 23rd Graduation Ceremonies for the technical trainees and bus captains, where eleven and sixteen students graduated, respectively.

In his speech, Hon Rock Chen Chung Nin, Chairman of HKCAAVQ, said, he was delighted that the KMB Academy passed on professional driving and maintenance knowledge to the next generation through two significant courses and believed that the safety level of bus operation would be further enhanced under professional training. He also mentioned that more young people have joined the public transport industry in recent years, “We hope that the graduates from the Academy will play a pivotal role in contributing to Hong Kong’s transport industry and to promote the development of the society.”

Dr. Norman Leung Nai Pang, KMB Chairman, thanked the recognition by HKCAAVQ and the unremitting efforts by colleagues and various departments. He also thanked the two major bus manufacturers, Alexander Dennis Ltd. and Volvo Bus Ltd., for their valuable advice during the establishment of the KMB Academy. “KMB is approaching its 90th Anniversary next year. As a long-established Hong Kong company, this is an important milestone to establish the KMB Academy.” Dr. Leung said that the Academy would develop more professional courses in the future, including bus route planning, bus scheduling, and duty rostering. It will also cooperate with tertiary institutions to nurture more talents.

Diverse courses to nurture professionals in the industry

The KMB Academy attained its title by merging the KMB Bus Captain Training School and the KMB Technical Training School. “Mission Safety • Act with Self-discipline” is adopted as the motto of KMB Academy, emphasising the pivotal role of safety and discipline in the industry. The Academy continues to foster the professional culture in the Bus Captain Training School and Technical Training School.

“Certificate in Bus Maintenance” and “Certificate in Public Bus (Franchised) Driving” are recognised under the HKQF as they meet the accreditation standards at QF Levels two and three, respectively. Trainees who finish the Certificate in Bus Maintenance programme will obtain relevant qualifications, including two professional bus maintenance certificates recognised by European bus manufacture giants, Alexander Dennis Ltd. and Volvo Bus Ltd. During the training period, students who take the Certificate in Public Bus (Franchised) Driving programme must complete the pre-service course for public bus drivers and driving test by the Transport Department. Before being professional bus captains, they are assessed by instructors and have to reach the standards of KMB.

In addition to training newcomers, the KMB Academy provides on-the-job courses for current maintenance staff and bus captains to teach the latest technology in the bus maintenance industry and refresh driving and customer service skills.

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Lam Sai Hung, Secretary for Transport and Logistics (fourth from the left), Hon Rock Chen Chung Nin, Chairman of Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications and Legislative Council Member (third from the right), Rosanna Law Shuk Pui, Commissioner for Transport (second from the right), Dr. Norman Leung Nai Pang, KMB Chairman (fourth from the right), Dr. John Chan Cho Chak, Deputy Chairman (third from the left), William Louey Lai Kuen, Non-executive Director (second from the left), Andy Tsang Wai Hung, Independent Non-executive Director (first from the left), and Roger Lee Chak Cheong, Managing Director (first from the right), officiated at the Plaque Unveiling Ceremony.

Dr. Norman Leung Nai Pang, KMB Chairman, described that as a long-established Hong Kong company, this is an important milestone to establish the KMB Academy.

In his speech, Hon Rock Chen Chung Nin, Chairman of HKCAAVQ, said he was delighted that the KMB Academy is passing on professional driving and maintenance knowledge to the next generation through its two significant courses.

Since January this year, the KMB Academy has commenced the Certificate in Public Bus (Franchised) Driving course at QF Level three and has held its 23rd session. (middle at the front) Dr John Chan Cho Chak, KMB Deputy Chairman, has presented certificates to the graduates.

 

Lam Sai Hung, Secretary for Transport and Logistics (second from the left, above photo) was accompanied by Dr. Norman Leung Nai Pang, KMB Chairman (second from the right, above photo) to visit the teaching facilities of the KMB Academy.

Lam Sai Hung, Secretary for Transport and Logistics (first from the right) and Rosanna Law Shuk Pui, Commissioner for Transport (third from the right), visited the Technical Training Workshop.

 

The officiating guests visited the teaching facilities of the KMB Academy to understand the learning and working environment of the students.