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Professor William LEUNG Wing-cheung, SBS, JP
Employees Retraining Board

2017-18 was a significant year for the Employees Retraining Board (ERB).  This was also a year of achievements. 

2017 marked a new milestone for ERB in entering its 25th anniversary. It also concluded the first decade since ERB’s repositioning in 2008.  In 2017-18, we implemented a series of promotional activities in celebration of the 25th Anniversary. Over 15,000 people from different sectors of the community participated and more than 2.5 million people “viewed” and “liked” these activities on different online and social media platforms.  At the same time, it is gratifying to witness more and more people being enrolled in the training courses of ERB, evidencing the public’s awareness of the importance of training as well as the recognition of ERB courses in enhancing their skills and developing their career.

Hong Kong, being a part of the global economy, has developed into a knowledge-based economy.  Our workforce has to keep upgrading its professional skills to meet the job requirements on the one hand, and to acquire multi-disciplinary skills so as to keep pace with the market development on the other.  This “T-learning Model” not only facilitates learners to spur significant development in their own professions, but also empowers them to branch out into other disciplines and to be more adaptive to different changes.

The ERB “Three-year Strategic Plan” for 2018-19 to 2020-21 has been formulated with the policy objective of “Promoting Training and Facilitating Employment”, highlighting our “from training to employment” through-train service features, and upholding the “market-driven and employment-oriented” work principle.  We adopt a horizontal cum vertical framework and modus operandi under the “T Strategy” to expand the width and optimise the depth of our services.  In parallel, we strive to enhance operational effectiveness with a view to achieving both the breadth and the depth required for innovative and creative service.

In the horizontal development, we will incorporate the 3Cs concept: Create, Connect and Collaborate, to extend the coverage and diversity of training courses and services, to step up promotion and publicity, and to strengthen our collaborative and service networks, thereby raising people’s awareness of and participation in our training courses and services.

(1) Create: To develop new training courses to tap on jobs with market potentials, to explore new modes in service delivery, including the launch of “Video-conferencing Training Consultancy Service”, production of online self-learning materials and development of a dedicated mobile application for the “Smart Living” Scheme.

(2) Connect: To conduct territory-wide and district-based promotion to publicise ERB courses, services and information channels through diverse paths, including the implementation of “Industry-based and District-focused” promotional strategy, extension of “ERB Service Spots” to more districts, introduction of the “Online goes First” work approach to increase the use of digital media in promotion, with a view to enhancing the awareness of more social groups of our variety of courses and services.

(3) Collaborate: To expand the network of Technical Advisers, to explore collaborations with larger enterprises to enhance employment opportunities of our trainees, to step up ERB’s support for SMEs’ manpower and training needs; and to strengthen our connection and collaborations with local organisations and employers at district level.

On the vertical front, we will introduce the 3Es concept: Empower, Enhance and Excel, to streamline administrative arrangements, to uplift course and service quality, to place special emphasis on supporting social groups with special needs in training and employment, so as to encourage latent workforce to enter into the employment market.

(1) Empower: To develop more dedicated courses for special needs groups, to expand our work experience activities to facilitate employers’ recruitment; and to step up targeted marketing to disseminate more training and employment information.

(2) Enhance: To review and improve the quality of training courses and services, to conduct market research, to strengthen corporate governance, operational efficiency and staff training as well as to deploy information technology in improving workflow and efficiency.

(3) Excel: To develop course series to assist trainees in upgrading their skills, to foster liaison and partnership with district organisations, to prioritise promotion on our feature programmes and services, with a view to identifying focuses, building on strengths and reinforcing the brand name of ERB.

I was appointed as member in 2008-09 and then the Chairman of ERB in 2012-13.  Over the past 10 years, with the enthusiastic contributions of all members, and the concerted efforts of colleagues and training bodies, ERB has overcome many difficulties along the way.  We keep up with the pace of the society and the economy in offering and enhancing the quality and quantity of our training courses and services.  With an innovative mindset and the dedication to excellence, we keep exploring and launching new initiatives.  Today, ERB has successfully transformed to better meet the training needs and aspirations of members of the public.

In the days ahead, ERB will continue its commitments and spare no efforts in working in tandem with the Government’s key policy initiatives and long term planning, offering more appropriate and timely training courses and services, and forging forward together with Hong Kong people in embracing every opportunity for a better future.