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The 6th ERB "Manpower Development Scheme" Award Presentation Ceremony 100 awards commending employers, trainees, instructors and training bodies

The 6th Employees Retraining Board (ERB) "Manpower Development Scheme" Award Presentation Ceremony was held today (4 January 2014) at the Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre. The officiating guests were the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBS, JP, the Permanent Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Ms. Annie Tam Kam-lan, JP, the Chairman of the ERB, Mr. William Leung Wing-cheung, BBS, JP, the Vice-chairman of the ERB, Mr. Yu Pang-chun, SBS, JP and the Executive Director of the ERB, Mr. Ng Ka-kwong, BBS. The event was attended by over 400 guests.

Mr. William Leung highlighted in his speech that with effect from 2012-13, the ERB has been formulating on an annual basis a "Three-year Strategic Plan" to set out its directions and focus of work in the next three years. This will allow the ERB to respond to the developments of the society and meet the expectation of the public more proactively. The objective of the "Three-year Strategic Plan" for 2014-15 to 2016-17 is "Training for Empowerment, Employment for Poverty Alleviation". The ERB will strive to strengthen its training and employment support for social groups with special needs, including women, early-retirees and ethnic minorities. It is the belief of the ERB that training helps promote employment which is conducive to reducing the risk of poverty. It echoes the general direction of the poverty alleviation and population policies of Hong Kong.

The ERB "Manpower Development Scheme" Award Presentation Ceremony is an annual signature event of the ERB. This year, a total of 100 awards were presented to outstanding employers, training bodies and instructors for their invaluable contribution to the success of the ERB "Manpower Development Scheme". The awards also acknowledged the outstanding performance of trainees.

Nine and 11 trainees were respectively awarded the "ERB Outstanding Award for Trainees" and the "ERB Merit Award for Trainees". All the award winners had their own touching stories. Among them were a middle-aged lady having overcome the grief over the decease of her husband and stayed tough against adversities; a person of higher age who experienced bankruptcy but fought hard to rebuild a new career; a mother of a single-parent family who recovered from serious illness and forged ahead in her career journey; a sunny boy with Dyslexia leaped over his obstacles and dared to embrace work challenges. This year, a new "The Most Touching Trainee Story Award" went to Ms. Chan Yun-ping, an award winner of the "ERB Outstanding Award for Trainees".

A total of 32 establishments straddling 10 industries received the employer awards. The winning establishments actively participated in the ERB "Manpower Development Scheme", offered employment opportunities for the graduate trainees, and advocated continuous learning and skills upgrading of employees. These showcased their commitments to manpower development. Among them, Well Born Real Estate Management Limited and Hong Yip Service Company Limited were awarded the "ERB Excellence Award for Employers". In 2012-13, these two winning establishments offered employment to some 800 graduate trainees, which accounted for over 30% of their new recruits.

The award winning lists and background of the awardees are available on the ERB website http://www.erb.org/6thmdsaward.

Post Date:4/1/2014

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