“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.
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).
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 unengaged youth aged 15 to 20 with education level of sub-degree 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.