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Y.E.S. New Member Referral Program 2020/21

In order to promote the facilities and services of Youth Employment Start (“Y.E.S.”) to more young people, existing Y.E.S. members (“Referrer”), who successfully refer one or more young person(s) (“Referee”) to visit Y.E.S. in person, complete registration as Y.E.S. new member(s) and use three kinds of Y.E.S. facilities or services within the promotion period of this program, will be entitled to fabulous gift(s). All Referrers participating in the program must visit Y.E.S.(Mong Kok) or Y.E.S.(Kwai Fong) in person during office hours (Monday to Saturday: 10am to 7pm, except public holidays) within the promotion period to submit a Referral Form A, complete an activity questionnaire and “Like” the Y.E.S. Facebook page. Upon a Referrer’s submission of Referral Form A, the concerned Referee must submit Referral Form B in person to Y.E.S.(Mong Kok) or Y.E.S.(Kwai Fong) and register as Y.E.S. member during office hours within the promotion period. A “Y.E.S. Stamp Card” will be given to the Referee upon completion of member’s registration to record his/her usage of Y.E.S. facilitates or services. The Referral will not be considered as valid unless a Referee, after registering as Y.E.S. member, completes using THREE kinds of Y.E.S. facilities or services as specified on the “Y.E.S. Stamp Card” within the promotion period and returns this card to Y.E.S.(Mong Kok) or Y.E.S.(Kwai Fong) in person.

Love Upgrading Special Scheme (Phase 3)

The Employees Retraining Board has launched the “Love Upgrading Special Scheme” (Phase 3) (the Scheme) in January 2021 to enhance the support for job seekers and employees affected by economic downturn for skills enhancement.  In Phase 3, the training target is substantially increased to 20,000 and the number of training courses is increased to about 450, nearly half of them can be conducted online. The Scheme offers more training options, including 281 vocational skills courses, 16 innovative technology courses, 26 generic skills courses and 116 dedicated courses for young people, new arrivals, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and persons recovered from work injuries.  All training courses are offered free of charge. In addition, the Scheme introduced the flexible disbursement of training allowance that the attendance rate requirement for disbursing the special allowance is lowered from 80% to 60 so as to facilitate trainees to seek employment when training.  The maximum amount of special allowance for each eligible trainee is $5,800 per month. 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 2021

Register for Job Alert!

Q: How to register the Job Alert? A: After successful Registration at the Interatcive Emplotment Service (iES) website, you can register for Job Alert service under "my home" to receive regular email notice which contains the most updated job vacancy information matching your job search criteria. Apart from that, you may use the employment services offered by the Labour Department. These include: - Save your job search criteria to receive a job list under "my home" which contains vacancies matching your job search criteria every time when you login iES website; - If you have chosen to receive information on employment services/ recruitment activities of the Labour Department upon registration, the system will notify you of such activities through e-mail or SMS. - Services of the Telephone Employment Service Centre [Telephone Hotline : 29690888]; - Employment services of the job centres throughout the territory;

Experience Sharing Webinar on Construction Design and Management (CDM) - Design for Safety

The Development Bureau (DEVB) had taken the lead to implement the model under UK's (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM Regulations) in public works in 2006. The Guidance Notes on "Construction, Design and Management" and Worked Examples were prepared and brought a significant change for the Hong Kong construction industry by outlining Safe Design concepts for safety and health on construction projects and placing responsibilities on the duty holders who procure, design or manage the construction projects. The Guidance Notes have been referenced by the local practitioners and contractors for years and noted of areas where the concepts and approach were difficult to follow. The Guidance Notes was reviewed and updated for publication in 2013. This webinar is organised by the School of Professional Development in Construction (SPDC) of the Hong Kong Institute of Construction. The speaker will share with us his experience in implementation of CDM on a site formation works. Speaker: Dr. CHIU Sing-lok, PhD, RGE, RPEG, HKIE (Geotechnical Division) Dr. CHIU is the Technical Director of Aurecon Hong Kong Limited, having 40 years’ experience in design and management of engineering projects with clients in private and government sectors in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. Dr. CHIU is also an active participant in various affairs and activities of the society of engineers in Hong Kong and the region. He has also been an invited speaker and paper presenter at seminars and conferences in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Malaysia over the past decade. Individually, and co-authoring with others, Dr. CHIU has published more than 20 papers on foundation design and construction, deep basement excavation and slope engineering, as well as building and infrastructure development projects in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and overseas.

Futuremakers' First Job youth employment and subsidy programme

To support youth employment and help SMEs weather the difficult time, St. James’ Settlement and Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited are jointly introducing the “Futuremakers’ First Job” youth employment and subsidy programme, which offers half-rate subsidy to SMEs in various sectors for providing full-time or short-term job vacancies.  Through the brand new job-matching mobile application, the programme aims at helping DSE, post-secondary and university graduates of the current year to land on a suitable job and, thus, promote youth employment.With funding of HK$5 million by the Standard Chartered Foundation, the programme offers a wage subsidy up to HK$30,000 over a period of 6 months to each enrolled SME for each youth being hired, so as to alleviate employers’ financial burden. In addition, the programme provides a 3-day pre-employment training to the young job seekers to prepare them for their first job. The programme is now open for applications. Graduates of the current year can visit the official website for more details. Enrolment is on a first-come-first-served basis. For further information, interested local enterprises may call 2596 2777 or e-mail to futuremakers.enquiry@sjs.org.hk. (The video is broadcasted in Cantonese)

Susbcribe Hong Kong Public Holiday iCal 2021 to your electronic calendar!

The 12 statutory holidays for 2021 are:1. The first day of January - 1 January (Friday)2. Lunar New Year’s Day - 12 February (Friday)3. The second day of Lunar New Year - 13 February (Saturday)4. The fourth day of Lunar New Year - 15 February (Monday)5. Ching Ming Festival - 4 April (Sunday)6. Labour Day - 1 May (Saturday)7. Tuen Ng Festival - 14 June (Monday)8. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day - 1 July (Thursday)9. The day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival - 22 September (Wednesday)10. National Day - 1 October (Friday)11. Chung Yeung Festival - 14 October (Thursday)12. *Chinese Winter Solstice Festival - 21 December (Tuesday) or Christmas Day - 25 December (Saturday)(*at the option of the employer)The third day of the Lunar New Year falls on a SundayAccording to the Employment Ordinance, when either Lunar New Year's Day, the second day of the Lunar New Year or the third day of the Lunar New Year falls on a Sunday, the fourth day of the Lunar New Year is designated as a statutory holiday in substitution. As the third day of Lunar New Year of 2021 falls on a Sunday, the fourth day of Lunar New Year will be designated as a statutory holiday. Please visit Labour Department website for more details. A statutory holiday is not equivalent to public holidayThe Employment Ordinance does not require an employer to grant leaves on public holidays to his/her employees.  In Hong Kong, in addition to Sundays, there are 17 public holidays, but the number of statutory holidays is only 12.  Public holidays such as Good Friday, the day following Good Friday, Easter Day, the Buddha's Birthday and the day following Christmas Day are not statutory holidays. Please click here for more details of statutory holidays and public holidays. >>>Click here to susbcribe Hong Kong Public Holiday iCal 2021 to your electronic calendar!

New Graduates-New Opportunities Scheme

The Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Association launches the New Graduates-New Opportunities Scheme and provides university graduates with over 2 000 posts lasting for at least 6 months through its local member enterprises. TargetHong Kong residents holding bachelor degrees or above awarded by local institutions or institutions outside Hong Kong in 2019 or 2020. For participating organisation and vacancy details, please visit the website of Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Association at http://job.hkcea.com/ Enquiries: 2296 8681 / 2296 8680 


SIDA (Sponsorship for International Design Awards 2020) No age-limit is imposed. Whether individuals or design companies are eligible to be subsidised for participating in any of the 24 specified International Competitions/Awards. Especially, we encourage young local design talent to apply. From entry fees to promotion fees of the competitions/awards, successful applicants can be reimbursed with “All Fee” as long as they are awarded in these specified international competitions/awards. Explore the international markets. Expand businesses. The “All Fee” can be up to HK$200,000 for each applying design unit. Apply now until 31 May 2021! Quotas are limited, “First-Come, First-Served”!

Career Development in Testing and Certification Sector

Have you thought about working in a profession that could help uphold the quality of people’s lives?  Are you interested in a career that would enable you to get in touch with a wide range of industries?  The group of professionals in Hong Kong working in the testing and certification sector are safeguarding the safety and quality of products and services for different industries.  With the community’s growing need for testing and certification services, the sector has a keen demand for talent.  Pursuing a career in testing and certification will bring you a wide range of opportunities. If you would like to know more about the testing and certification sector, come visit the Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification (HKCTC)’s website.  The website provides a series of brochures and videos introducing the work exposure, relevant studies and career prospects of the sector.  A number of testing and certification practitioners are also sharing their experiences and stories.  Don’t miss the chance to explore the ample opportunities offered by the sector!

[Career] Ways to Get Employed

Some of you may have thought about your career plans and considered getting employed. We have prepared some related career information for you. You can obtain information of vacancies through the following channels: 1. Employment Services of Government     - Talent.gov.hk    - Interactive Employment Service of the Labour Department 2. Newspaper/ Professional Magazine/ Recruitment Notice on Street/ Internet or Radio Advertisement 3. Recruitment Day/ Careers Exhibition (Applicants are required to register the events at the designated location and time, please remember to bring your identity cards, recent photos, qualification proof and employment proof.) 4. Referral by Relatives/ Friends 5. Unsolicited Applications (Common practice for the Banking, Advertising, Hotel, Catering and Education and some professional industries) 6. Private Employment Agency (There may be service charges occurred. According to the Employment Agencies Regulations, the maximum commission allowed to be charged by an employment agency for a successfully arranged job should be an amount not exceeding one-tenth of the job seeker’s first-month salary) Please visit “A Guide to Job Hunting” of Labour Department for more details. Opportunities in the Government Apart from the job vacancies in the private market, the government also offers numerous job opportunities that may suit you. Interested students can get more information from below links: - Applying for Government Jobs: Government jobs for both civil service posts and non-civil service positions.- DSE Way out: Government Jobs: The qualification requirements of government jobs- Youth.gov.hk - Gov Job: A list of government job vacancies   Sources:Labour Department - Youth Employment StartGovHK

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.

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: 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.  

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!