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Fair Opportunity

Focus Area | Promoting Social Inclusion
The Fair Opportunity Inclusive Recruitment Programme is an award-winning* programme, designed to remove barriers to inclusion and provide a fair opportunity for disabled talent.

First introduced in Hong Kong by Community Business in 2013, and formerly known as Open To You, this pioneering programme brings together inclusive employers with university students and graduates with disabilities – with the aim of identifying potential employment opportunities and helping students/graduates prepare for employment. The programme works with students with disabilities such as physical impairments, visual impairments, hearing impairments, autism, mental illness, learning difficulties, ADHA etc.

With a pre-event workshop to build disability confidence for students and a half-day content-rich forum targeted at employers, the programme culminates in the hosting of an inclusive recruitment fair.  Employers have the opportunity to position themselves as an employer of choice, whilst the students get to meet directly with employers and explore employment opportunities.

Since 2016, Fair Opportunity has been delivered in partnership with local Hong Kong partner, CareER

*Fair Opportunity received the Innovation Award as part of the HKSAR Government’s 2015-16 Talent-Wise Employment Charter and Inclusive Organisation Recognition Scheme.

Programme Benefits

If your company is committed to being an inclusive employer and removing barriers to inclusion for people with disabilities, we encourage you to participate in Fair Opportunity:

  • Profile your company as an inclusive employer and an employer of choice for talent with disabilities and special needs
  • Build your disability confidence, gaining firsthand knowledge and experience in attracting and recruiting disabled students
  • Gain direct access to a potential talent pool of students with disabilities 

If you’re a university student/graduate with a disability or long-term health condition, committed to finding a role in the corporate sector, we invite you to apply.

  • Build your aspirations and realise that a career in the corporate sector is an achievable goal
  • Build your confidence and capability through targeted workshops and advice from employers
  • Meet leading employers committed to inclusive recruitment, and learn about the opportunities available 

2018 Programme

To maximise your experience and learnings during the Programme, the 2018 Fair Opportunity Programme is designed based on the ABLE Model, which has four key aspects:

  • Accessibility
  • Business needs
  • Learning
  • Experience

The Fair Opportunity Programme comprises three key components:

  1. Capability Building Workshop for Candidates (Friday 28 September)
  2. A half-day Building Disability Confidence Employers Forum* (Friday 14 September)
  3. Inclusive Recruitment Fair (Saturday 6 October)

*Tickets to the Building Disability Confidence Employers Forum will also be sold separately to companies and individuals who are not participants of the full Fair Opportunity Programme. 

 

Who should get involved

If you are:

  • company representatives who are committed to being an inclusive employer and removing barriers to inclusion for people with disabilities

Recruitment period: Now – Wed 15 August.

  • university students/graduates with a disability or long-term health condition who are committed to finding a role in the corporate sector For more information, please contact Ada Lee at ada@career.org.hk or 3482 4288.

Recruitment period: Now – Wed 15 August.

Our Partner - CareER

Since 2016, Community Business has partnered with local NGO, CareER to deliver this programme.  CareER was set up in 2013 to support students with disabilities in Hong Kong, with the goal to:

  • Develop a talent pool of tertiary educated persons with disabilities
  • Create peer support for people with disabilities

CareER has built an online platform for graduates/students with disabilities to:

  • Facilitate communication and information sharing 
  • Create pre-employment networking opportunities for the graduates/students

Inclusive Employers

We are still recruiting inclusive employers to participate for the 2018 Programme. The companies listed below have already confirmed their participation and demonstrated their commitment to being an Inclusive Employer.

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Testimonials

Toby Lau, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Due to my disability, I was very worried about my future. I have been trying to look for a job and sent many application letters but I never heard back from anyone.I feel very lucky to have an opportunity to join Open to You Inclusive Recruitment event. The event is very meaningful and it is really an unforgettable experience. Through this event,...
Due to my disability, I was very worried about my future. I have been trying to look for a job and sent many application letters but I never heard back from anyone.I feel very lucky to have an opportunity to join Open to You Inclusive Recruitment event. The event is very meaningful and it is really an unforgettable experience. Through this event, I met with many managers and expressed my interests and skills that I could contribute in the workplace. Finally, I received an internship offer from a bank.

Toby Lau, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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Becky Wong, University of Hong Kong

Talking directly with employers enables me to understand the real working environment and gives me confidence in those companies.
Talking directly with employers enables me to understand the real working environment and gives me confidence in those companies.

Becky Wong, University of Hong Kong

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Michelle Chan, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

It was an unforgettable experience for me to connect, communicate and share something with companies, organisers and other participants. I appreciated the opportunity to have a better understanding of the companies and their business values as well as exploring job opportunities. The employers are so nice and I will send my CV to some of them soon.
It was an unforgettable experience for me to connect, communicate and share something with companies, organisers and other participants. I appreciated the opportunity to have a better understanding of the companies and their business values as well as exploring job opportunities. The employers are so nice and I will send my CV to some of them soon.

Michelle Chan, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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Gigi Yiu, University of London

上星期六的招聘展令我見識擴闊了,明白原來人際網絡這麽重要,我暫時看中幾間公司,遲些會寄cv,看下有無機會入到去啦,好多謝你咁有心搞這個活動,支持傷殘人士
上星期六的招聘展令我見識擴闊了,明白原來人際網絡這麽重要,我暫時看中幾間公司,遲些會寄cv,看下有無機會入到去啦,好多謝你咁有心搞這個活動,支持傷殘人士

Gigi Yiu, University of London

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Lolitta Ho, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Although I am not in the job market right now, the event yielded a host of useful information and contacts about possible internships and when I graduate, a long term job. This is in no doubt invaluable to me throughout my career.
Although I am not in the job market right now, the event yielded a host of useful information and contacts about possible internships and when I graduate, a long term job. This is in no doubt invaluable to me throughout my career.

Lolitta Ho, Chinese University of Hong Kong

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