27 Apr 2023
New arrangements on course enrolments and increased training allowance for Youth Employment and Training Programme trainees
Commencing from 1 April 2023, the Youth Employment and Training Programme (YETP) of the Labour Department (LD) will strengthen collaboration with the Employees Retraining Board (ERB). The ERB will provide training courses for YETP trainees to enhance their employability. From the same date, the amount of training allowance for YETP trainees will be increased to a maximum of $241 per day.
The ERB offers around 700 training courses, including youth training courses, vocational skills training courses covering various industries, and generic skills courses. YETP case managers will assist trainees in selecting and enrolling in suitable training courses of the ERB. Moreover, the YETP will continue to arrange training courses for special employment projects or specific service targets to enhance trainees' vocational skills and prepare them for entering the employment market.
Eligible YETP trainees who completed a training course and attained 80 percent attendance or more are entitled to a training allowance. Under the YETP, the rate of training allowance for trainees who completed courses under the Youth Training Programme of the ERB will be $121 per valid training day, while that of other ERB courses or YETP courses will be $241 per day (or $120.5 per valid training session).
The YETP is free and welcomes young school leavers aged 15 to 24 with an educational attainment at a sub-degree level or below to enrol. The YETP offers services that include pre-employment training, workplace attachment training, on-the-job training and case management services provided by registered social workers. For details, please visit the YETP's website at www.yes.labour.gov.hk. The LD has also set up a Youth Employment Services hotline at 2112 9932 to provide a one-stop enquiry service regarding the programme, and register on-the-job training vacancies from employers.