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Financial Assistance for Working Youth

To meet the increasing requirements of the modern world, self-enhancement and on-the-job training is a very common practice to stay competitive. There are numerous self-supporting schemes that provide aid to young people who want to have training in their spare time. Continuing Education Fund The Continuing Education Fund (CEF) subsidises adults who aspire to further their education through continuing education and training courses.  Eligible applicants may submit an unlimited number of claims for reimbursement of course fees on successful completion of CEF reimbursable courses up to a maximum sum of HK$20,000.  The co-payment ratios by learners (i.e. the percentage of course fee to be borne by learners) for the first HK$10,000 subsidy is 20% of the course fee and that for the second HK$10,000 subsidy is 40% of the course fee. Sir Edward Youde Memorial Outstanding Apprentice Awards  The Sir Edward Youde Memorial Outstanding Apprentice Awards gives recognition and encouragement to young people who do not proceed through the formal education system but instead continue to pursue their development potential by undertaking a course of technical training and a period of apprenticeship for a designated trade under the Apprenticeship Ordinance. Sir Edward Youde Memorial Awards for Self-improvement for Working Adults The Sir Edward Youde Memorial Awards for Self-improvement for Working Adults fosters the spirit of lifelong learning and constant quest for excellence and improvement. Non-means-tested Loan Scheme  You may also apply for loans under the Non-means-tested Loan Scheme to pay tuition fee. Financial Assistance Scheme for Designated Evening Adult Education Courses Under the Financial Assistance Scheme for Designated Evening Adult Education Courses, you can be entitled to 30%, 50% or 100% reimbursement of the tuition fee paid, subject to meeting the prescribed criteria. Sea-going Training Incentive Scheme  Graduates from a recognised maritime training institute employed as Deck or Engineer cadets may join the Sea-going Training Incentive Scheme, under which a cadet will receive monthly incentive during the training period.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Fund If you want to better equip yourself but also seek some form of financial assistance, you might consider the Continuing Education Fund (CEF).  It subsidises adult learners who enrol in the reimbursable education and training courses. Eligible applicants may submit an unlimited number of claims for reimbursement of course fees on successful completion of CEF reimbursable courses up to a maximum sum of HK$20,000.  The co-payment ratios by learners (i.e. the percentage of course fee to be borne by learners) for the first HK$10,000 subsidy is 20% of the course fee and that for the second HK$10,000 subsidy is 40% of the course fee. Vocational Training Council part-time courses The Government, through collaboration with different educational institutions, offers courses designed for different levels of people. The Vocational Training Council part-time courses offer various types of courses from certificates to higher diplomas for young people and working adults with different academic background and educational attainment. Most Higher Diploma courses are designed with multiple entry and exit points. You can plan your study schedule in accordance with your circumstances and needs. Continuing education courses In addition, other institutions and professional bodies also offer continuing education courses, giving you even more choices. Using the search engine, you can plan your learning according to your interested area of study, college, institution or tuition fee. Yi Jin Diploma  The Government has also launched the Yi Jin Diploma programme which aims to provide an alternative pathway for secondary 6 school leavers as well as adult learners aged 21 or above to obtain a formal qualification for the purposes of employment and further study. Higher-level courses offered by organisations outside Hong Kong  If you are considering courses offered by institutions outside Hong Kong, you have to visit the one-stop information hub for higher-level and professional courses offered by organisations outside Hong Kong. It has a comprehensive list of programmes, frequently asked questions, and other useful tips.