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The Employees Retraining Board (ERB)

The Employees Retraining Board (ERB) is an independent statutory body established in 1992 under the Employees Retraining Ordinance. The main function of ERB is to co-ordinate, fund and monitor appointed training bodies to offer training courses and services designed to meet the growing needs and rapid changes in the market. ERB currently appoints about 80 training bodies with around 400 training centres providing services throughout the territory.

Following a decision made by the Government in October 2007, ERB took effect on 1 December 2007 to extend the eligibility criteria for our courses and services to include people aged 15 or above with an education attainment of sub-degree or below. ERB repositioned itself in mid-2008, with an endeavour to promote the ERB “Manpower Development Scheme” which emphasizes on “sustainability of development” in our training portfolio, to assist trainees to obtain recognized professional qualifications, and help them map out progression ladders.

ERB “Manpower Development Scheme” now offers more than 700 courses covering, say, 30 industries with market potential. ERB also provides personal attribute and generic skills training, such as vocational languages, commercial numeracy and IT applications for both the unemployed and those on the job, to foster the sustainable employment of our trainees and enhance their competitiveness. Besides, ERB offers appropriate training and placement services to disadvantaged social groups such as non-engaged youths, new arrivals, the disabled, victims of industrial accidents, ethnic minorities, and those offenders undergoing rehabilitation, aiming to assist them to become self-reliance and integrate into the community.

Please click here to the ERB website.