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SME Mentorship Programme

Employees Retraining Board (ERB) launched the “SME Mentorship Programme” with a view to assisting SMEs to improve the quality of human resources systems and practices. Veteran practitioners volunteered to serve as mentors to share their professional advices and practical experience in manpower training and development with the SMEs taking a one-on-one interactive approach.

The recruitment of the first and second phase of the “SME Mentorship Programme” in 2018-20 has been successfully completed.



  • All mentors are holding management positions in “Manpower Developers”* organisations and possess extensive knowledge and experience in the disciplines of human resources, training or corporate management

  • Mentors and mentees can customize the format and topic of exchange. Paired mentor and mentee are encouraged to communicate at least once every four months.

  •           12-month mentorship period:

       Phase One

       Phase Two

         Mentorship Period

         Oct 2018 - Sep 2019**

            Apr 2019- Mar 2020 

  •          Participation is free of charge
  • ERB will conduct a kick-off activity before commencement of the mentorship period at each phase, so as to facilitate familiarisation of all paired mentors and mentees.

Eligibility for SME Participant

  • Holding a valid Business Registration Certificate for a minimum of one year; and
  • Employing less than 50 persons in Hong Kong for non-manufacturing operation or less than 100 persons in Hong Kong for manufacturing operation; and
  • The applicant should be the owner or the person in charge of human resources or training of the organisation


Kick-off Activity

The kick-off activities for the 2018-20 “SME Mentorship Programme” were successfully held.

Please click the following links for event highlights of the previous Kick-off activities of the “SME Mentorship Programme” (Chinese only):

 Kick-off activity of the “SME Mentorship Programme” 2018-20 (Phase 2)

 Kick-off activity of the “SME Mentorship Programme” 2018-20 (Phase 1) 

 Kick-off activity of the “SME Mentorship Programme” 2016-18


Programme Leaflet (Chinese only)




Tel: (852) 3129 1183 (Ms. TAI) or (852) 3129 1286 (Ms. LI)



* The ERB launched the “ERB Manpower Developer Award Scheme” (the Scheme) in 2009 to recognise organisations which demonstrate outstanding achievements in manpower training and development as Manpower Developers (MDs). As at May 2019, there are a total of 458 MDs straddling 30 industries.

** SME participant of Phase One would apply to continue the mentorship until March 2020 and pair up a new mentor.