Mr William LEUNG Wing-cheung, BBS, JP
"Attitude" is very often the key to success and accomplishment. In Chinese, the word “attitude” encompasses the meaning of "ability" and "heart-passion". To determine our own destiny, we must strive to equip ourselves, with appropriate abilities and to demonstrate our abilities with passion. This is exactly how the Employees Retraining Board (ERB) is providing training courses to the public, advocating practical skills training on the one hand, and cultivating a positive work attitude among trainees on the other.
Since its establishment in 1992, the ERB has backed up Hong Kong people in tackling different challenges together. Upholding the "employment-oriented" principle, the ERB responds timely to market needs and organises a wide array of training courses to nurture quality manpower for different industries, and enhance the competitiveness of serving employees. In doing this, we in a way also provide enterprises with trained manpower for them to embrace opportunities and meet challenges. So far, the ERB has offered well over 1.7 million training places.
In December 2007, the ERB extended its service targets to include Hong Kong people aged 15 or above with education level of sub-degree or below. In close collaboration with some 115 training bodies operating over 400 training centres, the ERB is offering some 800 training courses under the "Manpower Development Scheme". We offer 130,000 training places annually, which cover entry-level job skills courses to professional certification trainings.
Ability and attitude must be enhanced alongside with the changing environment. In 2012-13, the ERB implemented a host of new initiatives, including a series of brand-building activities in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the ERB; establishment of district-based networks for service promotion; launching of "Learn and Leap – Teen's Action 2012" and "Employment Set Sail for Youth" courses for secondary school graduates; continuous training improvement, skill assessment and employment support for post-natal care workers; and optimisation of the quality assurance mechanism as well as course administration measures. Looking ahead, we will continue to strengthen the service quality of the ERB and develop new courses and services in response to the changes in the economy and employment market.
With effect from 2012-13, the ERB has been formulating on an annual basis a “Three-year Strategic Plan” to outline our strategic direction and scope of service in an open and forward-looking manner. The objective is to respond to the developments of the society and meet the expectation of the public in an effective manner. In February 2013, we endorsed the “Three-year Strategic Plan for 2013-2014 to 2015-16”, which was formulated on the basis of “One Vision, Two Concepts, Three Highlights, and Four Strengths”. With the vision of “Training for Empowerment”, we will work along the two concepts of “Professionalisation of Front-line Jobs” and “Employment Starts from Schools”. We will soon launch new projects in three areas, namely, “Developing Jobs with Employment Potential”, “Supporting Career Start-Up of Young People” and “Motivating Enterprises to Provide Training for their Front-line Employees”, and will strive to reinforce our competitive advantages in training services, quality assurance, employment support and corporate governance.
It is our firm belief that manpower training and development is a long-term social initiative, and it is our mission to enhance the quality of the local workforce. The government has recently announced the injection of HK$15 billion into the Employees Retraining Fund in 2013-14 to provide the ERB with stable and sustainable financial support. This reflects the commitment and emphasis the Government attaches to training. We will endeavour to accomplish our mission through our collaborations with different quarters of the society to implement the “Manpower Development Scheme” and maximise the effectiveness of our training resources for a better Hong Kong.