Prudential and Social Welfare Department co-organized "Joint Recruitment Scheme" to assist CSSA recipients develop own career


(Hong Kong, 29 November 2003) The Prudential Assurance Company Limited ("Prudential") and the Social Welfare Department (SWD) co-organized the "Joint Recruitment Scheme", aiming at providing training and career opportunities for citizens who are currently receiving the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) from SWD. A signing ceremony between Prudential and SWD to mark the recruitment scheme was held on 19 November.

As the first commercial company collaborating with SWD to launch the "Joint Recruitment Scheme", Prudential has recruited 7 insurance consultant trainees who will undergo an approximately six-month professional training program to develop their careers in the insurance industry. The training program covers product knowledge, financial planning, industry regulations to customer servicing skills, etc. As with Prudential's other professional consultants, the trainees will also sit and pass the Insurance Intermediaries Qualifying Examination in order to be officially qualified and joined Prudential's agency force.

Mrs. Rachel Cartland, Assistant Director of Social Welfare (Social Security), said, "Due to the economic downturn, some people with solid educational background and work experience have unfortunately lost their jobs and turned to CSSA. Through the "Joint Recruitment Scheme", Prudential provides an invaluable opportunity for those unemployed to develop a career and regain their self-confidence to re-enter the job market. We really appreciate the initiative that Prudential has shown and the care and concern that they have devoted to this programme. We hope that in due course it may be a model for others."

Mr. Michael Leung, Chief Agency Officer of Prudential, added, "Prudential always listens to the needs of our customers. In view of the serious local unemployment in recent years, Prudential shoulders the social responsibility as a corporate citizen by opening up job opportunities, to assist especially those unemployed who are passionate, enthusiastic to join and explore their careers in the insurance industry. Through professional training, these new bloods join our agency force to provide quality insurance and financial planning services to our customers, while customers can enjoy the same comprehensive services, creating a win-win situation."

Prudential is committed to carrying out similar recruitment activities with SWD periodically and to conducting regular reviews to ensure that the scheme is achieving the best outcome.

Mr. Michael Leung, Chief Agency Officer of Prudential, and Mrs. Rachel Cartland, Assistant Director of Social Welfare (Social Security), attended the signing ceremony of the "Joint Recruitment Scheme"