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Youth Employment and Training Programme (YETP) “Relevant working experience is required”. This is a common phrase in the career post. But don’t be put off. For young school leavers aged 15 to 24 with educational attainment at sub-degree or below level, you can enhance your potential by joining the Youth Employment and Training Programme (YETP). The Programme provides not only pre-employment training and workplace attachment opportunities, but also opportunities of employment, on-the-job support services and allowances for off-the-job vocational training courses. Vocational Training Council (VTC) There are also various vocational education and training programmes of recognised qualifications offered by the Pro-Act Training and Development Centres and the Youth College of the Vocational Training Council (VTC). Employee Retraining Board For those who left school some time ago, there are many ways to seek training or rejoin the workforce. Employee Retraining Board's “Youth Training Programme” provides funding for non-engaged youth aged 15 to 24 with education attainment at secondary education level or below to take up vocational training, which helps them transform interests into career paths. The programme consists of “Teen's Programme”, “Modern Apprenticeship Scheme” and “Ethnic Minority Programme”. The VTC also provides training programmes for those with disabilities who want to learn employable skills.
Relevant employees' protection ordinance In Hong Kong, there are a number of ordinances protecting employees’ rights and benefits. Know more to better safeguard your interests. The Employment Ordinance The Employment Ordinance is the major piece of legislation protecting employees’ rights and benefits which covers payment of wages, rest days, sickness allowance, annual leave, termination payment etc. The “Concise Guide to the Employment Ordinance” gives a quick guide to the various provisions. Proper employment records Keeping proper wages and employment records is essential to protect your interests. What types of record are needed? Click the checklist suggested by the Labour Department. The Employees’ Compensation Ordinance If you want to claim employees’ compensation for work injuries or prescribed occupational diseases, please refer to the Concise Guide to the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance and other related publications. Occupational Safety Health No matter whether you are working in an industrial setting or in an office, you have to be aware of the potential hazards in your working environment. To test how much you know about workplace safety and health, you could play the on-line Occupational Safety and Health e-Quiz [Chinese version only] , or join training programmes for youth to learn more about occupational safety for different jobs. Workplace safety & health To learn more about workplace safety & health for youth, please click here [Chinese version only].
The meaning of work Work, apart from making a living, can also give us a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Let’s start with the career ABC - the meaning of work – to understand what we can expect to gain in work as we begin our careers. Support services on employment and self-employment If you decide to join the workforce, you may be puzzled or come across certain dilemmas. You can visit the "Youth Employment Start" for more personal advisory and support services on employment and self-employment. Available services include Career Assessment, Mock Interview Workshop, as well as a free business workstation and a design corner for self-employed youth. You can now try the on-line simplified version of the Career Assessment, as well as register on-line as a preliminary member, apply for activities and make reservation on part of the services of Youth Employment Start. Career guidance Next up: should I work or further study? Life Planning Information Website of the Education Bureau provides detailed information about both options and will help you make the right decision.