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Temporary Unemployment Relief

Update (13.4.2022): The application period has ended. Please visit this website to check your application results. The Government has launched the Temporary Unemployment Relief (“the Scheme”) under the sixth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund to provide assistance for people who have lost their jobs due to the fifth wave of the epidemic and to reduce their financial stress before they find another job, benefitting the following persons – (1) who were rendered unemployed since the fifth wave of the epidemic started in late December 2021; and (2) who have been requested not to work temporarily by the employers as the premises in which they work have been restricted under social distancing measures. Such premises include: scheduled premises regulated under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F) that have suspended operation for the time being catering premises whose operations have either been suspended or restricted   Full-time and part-time employees as well as self-employed persons may apply. A one-off subsidy of $10,000 will be granted to each eligible applicant under the Scheme. The application period of the Scheme will last for three weeks from 23 March at 8:00 am to 12 April at 11:59 pm. For details on eligibility and definition or calculation of employment income, please refer to the official website of the Scheme. The following are demonstration videos for online application: For applicants with income recorded under MPF schemes   For applicants without MPF schemes Source:Website of Temporary Unemployment Relief Scheme

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

YETP’s Retention Allowance: Up to a total sum of $12,000

Youth Employment and Training Programme (YETP) is free of charge and offers you an allowance, up to a total sum of $12,000!YETP’s Retention Allowance A 3-year Retention Allowance Pilot Scheme under YETP was launched on 1 September 2020 to encourage trainees to undergo and complete on-the-job training, thereby stabilising employment. During the Pilot Scheme period, trainees are eligible for a retention allowance of $3,000 if they are engaged in full-time on-the-job training for 3 months and an additional $1,000 for completion of each subsequent month. For part-time on-the-job training, the respective amounts grantable will be halved. Each eligible trainee would be granted retention allowance for a maximum period of 12 months (i.e. up to $12,000) under the Pilot Scheme.Eligibility for YETP -  Young school leavers aged 15 to 24-  Sub-degree level or below (or equivalent)-  No related academic qualification and work experience required-  Lawfully employable in Hong Kong For details, please refer to the website of YETP of the Labour Department or contact the Programme Office at 2112 9932.