The Scheme comprises three application categories. Public and private organisations in Hong Kong are welcome to join in their respective category.

Application Category

Category Qualification of Application
Organisations of :
  1. any manufacturing operation employing 100 persons or above in Hong Kong; or
  2. any non-manufacturing operation employing 50 persons or above in Hong Kong
SME Organisations of :
  1. any manufacturing operation employing less than 100 persons in Hong Kong; or
  2. any non-manufacturing operation employing less than 50 persons in Hong Kong
Government Department, Public Body and NGO
  1. Government Departments
  2. Public Bodies
  3. Non-Governmental Organisations
(without restriction on the number of persons employed)


  • Non-SMEs and SMEs: organisations should be registered with the Business Registration Office of the Inland Revenue Department.
  • Public Bodies: organisations listed in the Schedule of the “Prevention of Bribery Ordinance” (Chapter 201).
  • NGOs: organisations which are non-profit making and exempted from tax under section 88 of the ”Inland Revenue Ordinance” or established under relevant Ordinances and subsidiary legislation of HKSAR.
  • “Number of persons employed” shall include individual proprietors, partners and shareholders actively engaged in the work of the business, and salaried employees of the business, including full-time or part-time salaried personnel directly paid by the business, both permanent and temporary.
  • Organisations under all application categories should be in operation for a minimum of one year prior to the date of application; and there has not been any event, litigation, arbitration or administrative proceeding which may adversely affect the operation or the continuation of its business.

Application Period

Applications for the “ERB Manpower Developer Award Scheme” 2023-24 will be accepted during the period from 1 June to 29 September 2023.


General enquiries:
Employees Retraining Board (Scheme Organiser)
Tel : 3129 1183 / 3129 1286
Enquiries on the application form and assessment arrangements:
Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency (Technical Consultant)
Tel : 2202 9346