CITIC Pacific supports youth development in the communities in which we operate. In 2013, our subsidiaries CITIC Pacific Mining in Australia, Special Steel group in mainland China, and Dah Chong Hong and New Hong Kong Tunnel in Hong Kong continued to provide technical and graduate traineeship programmes and apprenticeships for fresh graduates. They also offered summer internship opportunities to students.
In support of young indigenous people at our mine sites in Roebourne and Karratha of West Australia, CITIC Pacific Mining continued its partnership with the Clontarf Foundation, which aims to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young indigenous people. The Clontarf Foundation now has schools in these two areas to develop employment opportunities for them.
In mainland China, Jiangyin Xingcheng Special Steel collaborated with local schools to provide sponsorships and assistance for improving the learning conditions of underprivileged children. It also sponsored three children of its employees to pursue their tertiary education through its Jinqiu Education Assistance initiative.
With the growth of its business in mainland China, Dah Chong Hong has extended its contributions towards youth to additional locations in the country. In 2013, Dah Chong Hong sponsored the third minivan in its Mobile Classroom Project. The objective of this project is to provide a full range of educational support, including voluntary services and resources to villages and schools in some of the most remote rural areas.
Organising company or site visits for students was another initiative in 2013. During the year, New Hong Kong Tunnel hosted seven visits to the Eastern Harbour Tunnel for over 300 students and young people from various charity organisations. In Australia, CITIC Pacific Mining provided a haul truck simulator during the Roebourne School Activities Day and the FeNaCING Festival to give students and local residents the opportunity to experience driving some of the biggest mining equipment in the world.