About the Employees Retraining Board
ERB is a statutory body established in 1992 under the Employees Retraining Ordinance. ERB co-ordinates, funds and monitors training courses and services provided by training bodies. ERB has appointed about 80 training bodies which operate around 400 training centres across the territory. ERB provides around 700 training courses which are market driven and employment-oriented straddling 28 industries and various areas of generic skills.
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 ERB are people aged 15 or above with educational attainment at sub-degree level or below. 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 and nurtures more talents for various industries..
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; “Skills Upgrading Scheme Plus” courses with skills enhancement training for employees; and courses for special service target such as “Youth Training Programme” for non-engaged young people, courses for persons with disabilities and persons recovered from work injuries, courses for rehabilitated ex-offenders, courses conducted in English for ethnic minorities and courses for new arrivals. ERB has been actively developing professional certification courses, including industry certification courses, public examination preparation courses and “National Occupational Qualification Certificates-related” courses, etc. to help trainees move up their professional ladders. There are now 300 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
ERB has set up two Service Centres in Kwun Tong* 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. ERB has also set up 22 ERB Service Spots in Kwai Tsing, Tsuen Wan and Kowloon West in collaboration with social service organisations. 15 ERB Service Spots will be set up in Kowloon East district in 2019-20. They provide enquiry and enrolment services for ERB courses, organise industry seminars and taster courses, and assist members of the public to register for training consultancy service. Staff of the operator will be present at each ERB Service Spot on a regular basis to provide personal assistance.
ERB will continue its all-out efforts to better equip our labour force with sound foundation for future career development. ERB strives to provide a flexible, quality and resilient labour force for the knowledge based economy of Hong Kong.
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* ERB Service Centre in Kwun Tong will cease operation with effect from 1 August 2019.