YETP's Enhancement Measures

YETP's Enhancement Measures

The Labour Department launched measures to enhance the Youth Employment and Training Programme with the aim of improving the employability of young people and assisting their entry into the labour market.

The enhancement measures include doubling the trainee quota and increasing the subsidy payable to participating non-governmental organisations (NGOs) under the Career Kick-start employment project of the YETP, raising the amount of workplace attachment training allowance payable to trainees under the YETP, proactively canvassing paid on-the-job training vacancies and collaborating with employers in organising thematic job fairs to help young people with little or no work experience in searching for suitable jobs.

Career Kick-start offers 12-month paid on-the-job training to young people with special employment difficulties, including those with low educational attainment, emotional or behavioural problems, learning difficulties and prolonged unemployment, through placements in NGOs with a view to enhancing their employability.

A new phase of Career Kick-start has been open for participating NGOs to nominate from 13 December 2019 to 3 February 2020 suitable young people to join the project. Under this new phase, the amount of monthly subsidy payable to the relevant organisations will be increased from $8,300 to $9,000 per trainee to encourage NGOs in making nominations. Moreover, the current trainee quota of 100 will be doubled to 200 for the new phase to benefit more young people.

Moreover, the training allowance for trainees participate in one-month workplace attachment training on or after 1 January 2020, with an attendance rate of 80 per cent or above has been raised from $4,500 to $5,800. The enhancement aims to further encourage young people to undergo workplace attachment training in order to acquire practical work experience, explore their potential and gain employment opportunities.

YETP will also proactively canvass suitable and attractive paid on-the-job training vacancies and collaborate with employers in organising thematic job fairs so as to provide young people with diversified employment opportunities and assist employers in recruiting talent.