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HKPC Academy Launches "HR x L&D Mixer" Series Facilitating Candid Exchanges on the Most Alarming HR Challenges

(Hong Kong, 20 April 2023) To equip young people and industry professionals with the skills needed for future industries and economic development, the HKPC Academy of the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) recently launched the "HR x L&D Mixer" series, with an aim to provide an interactive platform for professionals in human resources, learning & development (L&D) and corporate training, etc. to explore the latest trends and strategies in manpower development, cultivating continuous learning and improvement, recruiting and retaining talent, enhancing employer branding etc. to strengthen Hong Kong's talent pool.

The first "HR x L&D Mixer" was held at the HKPC Building, with Karen FUNG, General Manager, InnoPrenuer and FutureSkills of HKPC, kicking off the event. She stated, "The global talent shortage continues to heighten according to a report by a human resources consulting firm1, 77% of surveyed employers worldwide reported difficulties in recruiting talent in 2023, reaching a new high in 17 years. While in Hong Kong, 85% of surveyed employers also reported facing similar problem, reflecting companies must actively seek new methods and strategies to attract and retain talent. In response, the HKPC Academy is actively promoting talent upskilling in FutureSkills, and engaging HR and L&D professionals to discuss proactively on relevant topics and strategies through the 'HR x L&D Mixer' series."

Featuring the theme 'Talent Strategy and Beyond', renowned Talent Development professionals shared their insights and experiences in talent strategy and management. Joined by a crowd of a hundred industry practitioners, our speakers, Alvin LEUNG of Shared Academy Ltd., Keith CHAU of Professional and Continuing Education of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Arion WONG of the Association for Talent and Management Development, exchanged candidly the ingredients required for corporate HR to succeed in achieving their HR targets and create a sustainable culture.

Ms FUNG added, "While recruiting overseas talent is important, Hong Kong must also actively nurture our local talent. HKPC Academy offers a wide range of innovative, advanced technology and value-added training services to the public. This year, we are launching a two-day 'Empowering Future Leaders Corporate Programme' to cultivate future innovative leaders for enterprises. The programme covers the latest trends in technology industries and the environment, social and governance (ESG), design thinking, leadership, and team management skills, etc., helping enterprises cultivate talent with the necessary digital and soft skills to prepare them for the future challenges. Working alongside with enterprises, we leverage our experience in innovation and technology (I&T) to support the sustainable development of Hong Kong."

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On the event day, a forum themed On the event day, a forum themed "Talent Strategy and Beyond" was held. Experts were invited to share their insights on talent development.

The event was well-received, with the participation of a hundred industry practitioners and speakers who exchanged their strategies for attracting and retaining talent.The event was well-received, with the participation of a hundred industry practitioners and speakers who exchanged their strategies for attracting and retaining talent.