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DSE Hub 2021

To help you prepare for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (DSE) Results Release Day, the's editorial team consolidated useful DSE information into this "DSE Hub" so as to assist you to plan for your multiple pathways and to step forward for your academic and career aspirations.    This “DSE Hub” is comprised of four sections, namely 1. Preparation before DSE Results Release 2. Study Series 3. Career Series 4. Subsidy Series - [Preparation] Helpful Tips for the Big Day - [Preparation] We Support You!   - [Study] JUPAS Participating-institutions' Admission Requirements - [Study] Information on Non-JUPAS Applications - [Study] Study in the Mainland and Overseas - [Study] Instructions to Repeaters & Private Candidates - [Study] How to Prepare for Your Interview? - [Career] Ways to Get Employed - [Career] Advice on Finding and Adapting to a Job - [Career] On-the-job Training  - [Subsidy] Subsidy Schemes for Local Studies - [Subsidy] Any subsidy for Studying in the Mainland?  

Career & Study


Love Upgrading Special Scheme (Phase 4)

The Employees Retraining Board has launched the “Love Upgrading Special Scheme” (Phase 4) (the Scheme) in July 2021 to enhance the support for job seekers and employees affected by economic downturn for skills enhancement.  Phase 4 is expected to support 20,000 persons in need.  Training courses offered will be further increased to around 500, nearly 60% of which (around 300) can be conducted online, thereby increasing the flexibility of trainees in receiving training under the pandemic and working in tandem with the new normal of online learning.The Scheme offers around 500 training courses straddling 28 industries, including around 430 vocational skills courses, 25 innovation and technology courses, and around 60 generic skills courses, while dedicated courses for young people, ethnic minorities, new arrivals, persons with disabilities and persons recovered from work injuries will be increased to 121 in number.  All training courses are offered free of charge.In addition, the Scheme continues to offer 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 July to 31 December 2021

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【GBA Youth Employment Scheme】

Explore a new pathway for your career in the Mainland cities of the Greater Bay Area. Set off for a broader horizon now!

Career & Study


[We Venture] How to apply a startup funding of up to HK$600,000

Wish to start your own business?  The Youth Development Commission has rolled out the “Funding Scheme for Youth Entrepreneurship in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA)” under the “Youth Development Fund”, which aims at providing a capital subsidy of up to HK$600,000, as well as entrepreneurial support and incubation services that befit the needs of young people who are about to start their businesses in Hong Kong and Mainland GBA cities. Read the following easy guide to learn more details of the scheme.   Eligibility criteria#: Youth aged between 18 and 40 Hong Kong permanent resident Start-ups that have not been in operation or have been in operation for not more than 3 years Business registration in Hong Kong Having a planned/established business in Hong Kong and/or Mainland GBA cities (start-ups may set up their business in Mainland GBA cities and/or in Hong Kong)#Individual NGOs may prescribe additional application conditions. Please refer to the project details of the relevant NGOs.     Funding Amount: Each start-up may receive a capital subsidy of up to HK$600,000     Entrepreneurial support and incubation services*: Assistance for settling entrepreneurial bases in Hong Kong and Mainland GBA cities Entrepreneurial guidance and business know-how Professional consultation services Business networking Market and supply chain development services Concessionary and facilitative measures for youth start-ups in various cities*Each youth entrepreneurship project lasts for a maximum of 3 years     Application Method: A total of 16 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are funded under the scheme to implement youth entrepreneurship projects. Individual funded NGOs may further prescribe additional requirements for applicants (such as business nature, affiliation with the institutions, etc.). Interested applicants may refer to the We Venture website.   You may also watch the following video for more information of the Scheme:



Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care Services opens for application

The Social Welfare Department has launched the Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care Services (the Navigation Scheme) to provide opportunities of employment and training, including a two-year part-time course under government subsidy, for young people who are interested to work in the elderly and rehabilitation care services, so that they may develop their profession along an established career path through on-the-job training.Target TraineesThe target trainees are young people aged 17 to 29 who have completed Form 5 education or possess an equivalent qualification.Details of the Navigation SchemeYoung people participating in the Navigation Scheme will be arranged to take up care work in elderly or rehabilitation service units.  Before that, the operating agencies shall arrange for young people to attend an orientation programme, including personal care worker training and a first aid certificate course, to equip them for entering the care sector.  Besides, the elderly and rehabilitation service units offering job placements shall provide mentorship as well as employment guidance and support for young people to facilitate their adaptation to the work environment.After taking up employment, participants will be invited to attend a two-year part-time diploma course at a qualified training institute.  The course fee will be processed on a reimbursement basis.  Fees will be reimbursed to the trainees annually upon their successful completion of the course each year with a certificate issued by the training institute. Upon successful completion of the two-year part-time study, the young recruits will be recognised for having a qualification at Qualification Framework Levels 3 or 4.  Those interested in developing their career in the care service and meeting relevant eligibility criteria may, on the basis of their multi-skills qualification, pursue other training courses on their own initiative and move further up their career ladder in the social welfare care sector. The operating agencies will keep in view the employment status of the trainees in the social welfare service units after the latter’s completion of the Navigation Scheme.      Career ladder of the Navigation SchemeStep 1> Young people have completed Form 5 or possess an equivalent qualification joining the Navigation SchemeStep 2> Orientation Programme (including personal care training and first aid training)Step 3> Job Placement as Care Workers in the Service UnitStep 4> Two-year Part-time Diploma Course (including Health Worker Training Course in the first year)Step 5> Successfully registered as Health Workers on completion of the first-year study and promoted to Health WorkerStep 6> Two-year Part-time Diploma Course (including relevant health care/multi-skills trainings in the second year)Step 7> Upon completion of the Two-year Part-time Diploma Course, trainees possessing the relevant qualification pursue other training courses / move further up their career ladder in the social welfare care sector How to applyYoung people interested to join the Navigation Scheme may contact the operating agencies listed below.Caritas - Hong Kong Telephone: 3589 2268      E-mail: Lutheran Church Social Service - Hong KongTelephone: 2467 7040 / 5115 4177     E-mail: Haven of Hope Christian Service Telephone: 2643 3365          E-mail: Tung Wah Group of HospitalsTelephone: 3525 1218 / 6177 3404     E-mail: Memorial Methodist Social Service Telephone: 2609 1855    E-mail: Enquiry     For further enquiries about details of the Navigation Scheme, please contact 2892 5560 (from Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm, except public holidays) or send email to

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