Hong Kong-founded Cookie Smiles announces its latest initiative, the Shining Star Programme, to deliver career opportunities and open up employment routes for students with disabilities. 

Embarking on its newest community endeavour, Hong Kong-based social enterprise Cookie Smiles has launched the Shining Star Programme. The programme is in partnership with the Shine Skills Centre, a member institute of the VTC Group that provides skill-based training programmes for students with disabilities, to educate, empower, and build employment opportunities, jointly with The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.

Under the recent initiative, the Trial Work Placement Scheme aims to foster passionate young talents in the food and beverage (F&B) sector with adept skills and real-time workplace experience, enabling and better equipping them for their future career and employment opportunities in the field. The programme is set to take in students from selected courses offered by the Shine Skills Centre, including the Certificate in Fast Food Operation (QF level 1), Bakery and Café Service and Catering Service, subsequently finding them internship placements at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.

Jill Goh, the General Manager of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong commented, “As we continuously strive in making a difference to support social inclusion, we are extremely excited to be part of this meaningful inauguration with Cookie Smiles on providing hospitality career opportunities to the students of the Shine Skills Centre. We can’t wait to welcome them to be part of our family.”

Cookie Smiles_The Shining Star Programme

Cookie Smiles, the homegrown social enterprise under the Edible Artists Global Academy Association, is committed to its mission to create training opportunities for disadvantaged groups in our community, alongside its passion for the ultimate comfort food – cookies. Handcrafting the freshest most delicious bakes, initially used for fundraising their social campaigns through their platform.

“I’ve been a big supporter of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong since 2017 and I am very excited that they are the first hotel to join Cookie Smiles’ Shining Star programme. I look forward to working with them in the long term,” expressed the Co-founder of Cookie Smiles, Jo Soo-Tang.

The Student Counsellor at Shine Skills Centre Ruby Kwok added, “Shine Skills Centre looks forward to working with Cookie Smiles for its Shining Star Programme which offers valuable opportunities to our students”.

Furthermore, to effectively facilitate the programme and assist students throughout their journey, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong will implement a buddy system, that aims to provide extra guidance and support during their time at the work arrangements.


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