Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has become the first cargo terminal and logistics corporation to have its training courses receive accreditation under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF).
The four courses which are now recognised under HKQF are Hactl’s ‘Certificate in Special and Temperature Controlled Cargo Handling For Supervisors’ (QF Level 3); ‘Certificate in Dangerous Goods Awareness Training For Handlers’ (QF Level 2); ‘Certificate in Conflict Resolution’ (QF Level 3); and ‘Certificate in Service Excellence’ (QF Level 3).
The accreditations are valid for two years and subject to re-accreditation.
HKQF was launched in 2008, covering qualifications in the academic, vocational and professional as well as continuing education sectors. Its aim is to promote lifelong learning to enhance the quality, professionalism and competitiveness of Hong Kong’s workforce. QF qualifications are quality-assured, and rated against defined standards.
Hactl’s chief executive Wilson Kwong said: “Although we have been following the standards of IATA and the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department for many years, the Specification of Competency Standards, which we applied in designing these courses, has been drawn up by members of the local logistics industry – so it better meets our business needs. Two of our QF-accredited courses include soft skills training, providing a more comprehensive education for our employees.
“Overall, QF accreditation should help to standardise local industry competencies and lead to improved standards, enhancing Hong Kong’s image in the logistics sector. Wider adoption of QF courses will also make it easier to evaluate the competency level of candidates when recruiting, which will be of great benefit to Hactl and the air cargo industry.”