About the Employees Retraining Board

The 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 90 training bodies with around 400 training centres across the territory to provide training courses and services. The ERB offers about 700 training courses straddling 28 industries.

The ERB consists of a governing body comprising representatives of employers, employees, persons connected with vocational training and retraining or manpower planning, and government officials. The Board 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 service targets of the ERB are people aged 15 or above with an education attainment of sub-degree or below . 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 placement-tied courses for the unemployed; generic skills training courses for people from all industries; “SUS 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 One to Four, which have been accredited by the Hong Kong Council for the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications and included in the Qualifications Register.

The ERB has established three 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 has set up 10 ERB Service Spots on a pilot basis in Kwai Tsing and Tsuen Wan in collaboration with social service organisations. They provide enquiry and enrolment services for ERB courses, organise industry seminars and taster courses, and assist members of the public to register for ERB training consultancy service. Staff of the operator will be presented at each ERB Service Spot on a regular basis to provide personal assistance.

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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