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Love Upgrading Special Scheme (Phase 2)

The Employees Retraining Board (ERB) has launched the “Love Upgrading Special Scheme” Phase 2 in July 2020 to sustain its support for the unemployed or underemployed affected by economic downturn for skills enhancement.  In Phase 2, the number of training courses is substantially increased to about 300, straddling 28 industries as well as disciplines of “innovative technology” and “generic skills”. The maximum amount of special allowance for each eligible trainee has been increased to $5,800 per month. Following the completion of the Phase 1 on 30 June 2020, ERB has launched the Phase 2 since July 2020 covering more training courses and industry categories.  Altogether 74 full-time vocational skills courses, 167 part-time vocational skills courses, 10 “innovative technology” courses, 23 generic skills courses and 29 dedicated courses for young people, people of diverse race, persons with disabilities and persons recovered from work injuries will be offered free of charge.  Trainees will be awarded graduation certificates upon completion of training and fulfilment of graduation requirements.  Trainees who have completed full-time vocational skills training courses will be provided with a 3-6 months’ placement follow-up service. Applicants can either submit the application in person or by post. Application period: 1 July to 31 December 2020

Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2016, Shares His Inspirational Story

Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, the Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry at the Northwestern University, United States of America, visited Hong Kong in November 2019. The Innovation and Technology Bureau took the opportunity to invite Professor Stoddart to share his inspirational story on scientific and innovation pursuit through an interview. Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, along with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Ben Feringa, won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the design and synthesis of artificial molecular machines.  Dr Ken Cham Fai Leung, Associate Professor of the Department of Chemistry of Hong Kong Baptist University, was the Croucher research fellow in the research group of Professor Stoddart during his time at University of California, Los Angeles.  He assisted in conducting the interview with Professor Stoddart. In the dialogue with Dr Leung, Professor Stoddart shared his journey to a stereochemistry giant (video).  Based on his personal experience, Professor Stoddart shared the lessons on success (video) and encouraged students and research fellows to enjoy exploring the unknown (video) to make life journey satisfying.  Here is an abridged version of his sharing “Advice for Students” (video) – Permission is required in adopting, reproducing or redistributing the videos. Please send your request to enquiry@effo.gov.hk.

Application starts for Banking Talent Programme

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the banking industry jointly launched the Banking Talent Programme (the Programme) to nurture young talents for the industry, and provide participants with an opportunity to better prepare for future careers in the banking sector.  The Programme targets fresh graduates from local universities who will be offered six-month work opportunities and industry-specific training. The Programme is supported by the Hong Kong Association of Banks (HKAB) and all local universities.  Further details of the Programme are set out below:Job opportunities: Around 300 openings will be offered by banks, Stored Value Facilities operators, together with the HKMA.  Work opportunities will be provided in areas ranging from front-line operations to back-office functions in retail and commercial banking;Professional training: A series of induction seminars as well as professional training courses will be organised by the HKMA, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Academy of Finance, the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB) and reputable industry practitioners;Programme period: The Programme will start from early September 2020 and last for a period of six months;Financial support: The HKMA will reimburse participating firms up to 50% of the monthly salary of Programme participants, which is HK$12,000 per month, and subsidise the course fees for the relevant professional training courses attended by the graduates;Eligibility: Students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2020 from local universities may apply for the Programme, and the disciplines preferred will depend on the work nature of specific jobs and the need of participating firms; andApplication: Application is open now. Interviews will be held by participating firms and results will be announced by August. Please refer to individual firms’ website for the latest updates. Please refer to each of the individual firms’ website for the latest updates. Participating Universities: Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, Education University of Hong Kong, Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Lingnan University, Open University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong. Please visit the official website for details.  

Employment Support Scheme opens for applications

The Government has launched the “Employment Support Scheme” (ESS) under the second round of the “Anti-epidemic Fund” to provide time-limited financial support to employers to retain employees who may otherwise be made redundant. First tranche of the ESS covers June, July and August. All employers who have made Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) contributions or set up Occupational Retirement Schemes are eligible*. The relevant accounts should be set up on or before March 31, 2020. Self-employed persons who have set up an active MPF account on or before March 31, 2020 (excluding backdating) and with that account remaining opened as of March 31, 2020 will be eligible for a one-off subsidy of $7,500 on application. Application processes Applications for the first tranche of subsidies can now be submitted until 14 June 2020, and more details can be found in the Scheme's dedicated portal. For enquiries about the scheme, please call the hotline at 183 6122. * Types of employers not eligible for ESS are set out in the exclusion list.

Earn & Learn Pilot Scheme for Retail Industry

The Government, the Vocational Training Council and the Hong Kong Retail Management Association jointly launched a Pilot Earn and Learn Scheme for the Retail Industry (Earn and Learn Scheme) to provide student-workers with an opportunity to "earn and learn" as well as a well-defined progression pathway, aiming to attract talents to join the retail industry.  According to the Scheme, if participants are employed by the same employer upon Scheme completion, graduates of Diploma of Foundation Studies will be entitled to a monthly income not less than $11,000, while the monthly income of graduates of Higher Diploma can reach up to $13,000. Earn and Learn Secondary 6 leavers (student-workers) have to attend 3 days class per week on Diploma in Foundation Studies (Retail) or Higher Diploma organised by VTC. Student-workers will work at the shops of participating employers for another 3 days per week. Participating employers will sponsor part of the tuition fee for student-workers and guarantee their salary level during the Scheme. The programmes "Diploma of Foundation Studies (Retails)" and "Higher Diploma in Retail Innovation and Management" are now open for application. Application deadline is 14/08/2020. Diploma of Foundation Studies (Retails)Salary and Allowance: An average of $7,300 monthly income and allowance Tuition Fee: The employers’ sponsorship equivalents to $1,300 per month as the tuition fee, a student-worker will only need to pay an average of $616 per month. Entry Requirement: Completion of Secondary 6 or above. Applicants will be required to attend job interviews.Higher Diploma in Retail Innovation and ManagementSalary and Allowance: An average of $7,920 monthly income and allowance Tuition Fee: The employers’ sponsorship equivalents to $2,900 per month as the tuition fee, a student-worker will only need to pay an average of $1,436 per month. Entry Requirement: Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; OR VTC Foundation Diploma (Level 3)/ Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR VTC Diploma in Vocational Education/ Diploma of Vocational Education ; OR Yi Jin Diploma / Diploma Yi Jin; OR Equivalent. Applicants will be required to attend job interviews. For more details, please visit VTC website.

Study Paths for IT and Maritime Fields

IT Study Corner If you are interested in pursuing a career in the information technology field, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) has set up a "Study Corner" on its website to consolidate information on all full-time locally-accredited Information and Communications Technology post-secondary programmes offered by local tertiary institutions. The programmes are categorised into three areas: Fintech, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, and cover Degree Programmes, Top-up / Senior Year Places Degree Programmes and Sub-degree Programmes. Information about their funding is also provided.  Young people can make use of the information to plan for their study and career path at different stages. Gangway to a Maritime Career How about a career in the maritime industry? Good news! As long as you are 16.5 years old and have completed Secondary 3 or above, then you are eligible. The Maritime Services Training Institute of the VTC offers the Certificate for Junior General Purpose Ratings, a 23-week full-time course which provides fundamental knowledge about the industry. As an approved programme under the Local Vessel Trade Training Incentive Scheme, it is sponsored by the Maritime and Aviation Training Fund of the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board. The majority of the course graduates are employed to serve on local tugs, bunker barge, harbour ferries or high-speed ferries, etc., while the rest work in maritime-related trades. Having gained the required maritime service experience, graduates may further enhance their skills and develop their career by sitting for the examinations of the Certificates of Competency, Class 3 Deck Officer (River Trade) or Grade 3 Coxswain (Local Vessel).

talent.gov.hk - manpower information portal

Feeling confused about the swamp of career planning and human resources information online and offline? No worries, an information portal is now available to help you plan your career and study pathways. A new one-stop online manpower information portal talent.gov.hk (www.talent.gov.hk) has been launched by the Human Resources Planning Commission. It consolidates human resources information and data from different sources to provide the local labour force, the younger generation in particular, with more comprehensive information in choosing career, training and development pathways. With the information, one can better harness career and study opportunities and tackle existing and future challenges in work. The newly launched manpower information portal comprises the following elements Magazine – the “Explorer” monthly online magazine that introduces trending topics concerning careers and workplaces Careers – a database covering more than 300 occupations, including information on key tasks of the occupations, skill requirements and entry requirements Vacancies – consolidated listings of government job openings and tens of thousands of vacancies from several key local job boards Courses – a database on local courses listed in the Qualifications Register and open online courses listed in an overseas education platform Career quizzes – for users to explore their suitable occupations Contents on the manpower information portal will be updated regularly to ensure the information keeps up with the latest market trends. Check out talent.gov.hk now to explore hot picks of career and study information!