The Employees Retraining Board (ERB) is an independent statutory body established in 1992 under the Employees Retraining Ordinance. The ERB co-ordinates, funds and monitors training courses and services that are market driven and employment-oriented so as to meet the changing needs of the employment market. The ERB has appointed about 100 training bodies with about 400 training centres across the territory to provide training courses and services. The ERB offers around 700 training courses straddling nearly 30 industries.
The ERB consists of a governing body comprising representatives of employers, employees, human resources professionals and government officials. The Board, currently chaired by Mr. William LEUNG, BBS, JP, is responsible for the formulation of policies for ERB’s training and services. ERB's policies are implemented by an executive office which is headed by an Executive Director. The present Executive Director is Mr. Stanley NG, BBS.
In response to the decision of the Government in October 2007, the ERB extended its service to cover people aged 15 or above with an education attainment at sub-degree or below in December 2007. The ERB repositioned itself in mid-2008. Since then, the ERB endeavours to promote the “Manpower Development Scheme” to foster the sustainable development of trainees, helps them attain recognised qualifications and map out their progression ladder.
The ERB provides a diverse range of courses under the “Manpower Development Scheme”, including full-time placement-tied courses for the unemployed; part-time generic skills training courses for people from all industries; “Skills Upgrading Scheme Plus” courses with skills enhancement training for employees; and courses for special target groups such as “Youth Training Programme” for non-engaged young people, courses for persons with disabilities and persons recovered from work injuries, courses for rehabilitated offenders, courses conducted in English for ethnic minorities and courses for new arrivals. The ERB has been actively developing professional certification courses, including industry certification courses, public examination preparation courses, and National Occupational Qualification Certificates-related courses to help trainees move up their professional ladder. The majority of ERB courses are at Qualifications Framework Level 1 to 4, which have been accredited by the Hong Kong Council for the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications and included in the Qualifications Register.
ERB Service Centres
The ERB has established 3 Service Centres in Kowloon East, Kowloon West and Tin Shui Wai. Operating on a district basis, the ERB Service Centres offer timely and diversified self-help and support services, as well as information on courses organised in the respective district, to people with training and employment needs.
The ERB will continue its all-out efforts to better equip our labour force with sound foundation for future career development. The ERB strives to provide a flexible, quality and resilient labour force for the knowledge based economy of Hong Kong.
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