With a view to instilling a corporate culture advocating the importance of manpower training and development, the Employees Retraining Board (ERB) launched the “ERB Manpower Developer Award Scheme” in December 2009 to recognise organisations which demonstrate outstanding achievements in manpower training and development as Manpower Developers (MDs).

Through the scheme, the ERB aims to cultivate a common social value to attach great importance to manpower training and development through the Scheme. Participating organisations can review and evaluate the effectiveness of their strategies and practices in manpower training and development in accordance with a set of objective and stringent assessment criteria established by the independent Technical Consultant. Organisations that fulfill the criteria will be acknowledged as MDs within a 2-year validity period, subject to renewal every 2 years.

A total of 289 public and private organisations (47 of which are SMEs) from over 30 industries have been accredited as MDs since the launch of the Scheme in 2009.

The ERB has rolled out different follow-up activities including the Grand Prize Award, thematic seminar, topical survey, employers’ recruitment sharing session, school career talk, benchmarking report, etc., to create a diversified, multi-facet and sustainable interactive platform for MDs. The ERB will continue to foster its strategic partnership with the MDs for the enhancement of the quality of human resources in Hong Kong.

From 2014-15 onwards, new application will be open biennially. The next application period will commence in June 2015.