Love Upgrading Special Scheme (Phase 5)
The Employees Retraining Board (ERB) has launched the “Love Upgrading Special Scheme” (Phase 5) (the Scheme) in Jan 2022 to continue its support to people in need of skills enhancement.
The Scheme offers around 500 training courses straddling 28 industries, including around 410 vocational skills courses, around 30 innovation and technology courses, and around 60 generic skills courses. Among them, there will be around 120 dedicated courses for young people, ethnic minorities, new arrivals, persons with disabilities and persons recovered from work injuries. 60% of all courses on offer can be conducted online.
In addition, the Scheme continues to offer an array of special arrangements, including no restriction on engaging industry or educational attainment of trainees, courses offered free of charge, disbursement of special allowance at a ceiling of $5,800 per month, provision of “Enterprise-based Training”, as well as the time-limited flexible measure of lowering the attendance rate requirement for disbursing the special allowance from 80% to 60%, which is also applicable to ERB regular courses with classes commencing within the Scheme period (i.e. 1 January to 30 September 2022). To uphold the training quality, trainees are still required to meet the standard attendance rate requirement of respective courses (80% in general) before they are eligible for the course-end assessment and graduation certificates upon passing of the assessments. Trainees who have completed full time vocational skills courses or placement-tied courses with an attainment of 80% attendance rate will be provided with placement follow-up service.
Applicants have to be unemployed, underemployed or required by employers to take no pay leave on or after 1 June 2019 and should meet the entry requirements of individual courses. Eligible applicants can submit the application in person, by post or online.
Application period: 1 January to 30 June 2022