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Training and Retraining

To assist persons with disabilities to secure employment in the open market, there are different organisations and groups in Hong Kong that provide training and retraining to equip persons with disabilities with the necessary skills to secure employment.

Service / Scheme Content
Work Orientation and Placement Scheme (WOPS) of the Labour Department's Selective Placement Division (SPD) - Pre-employment Training The employment consultants of the SPD will advise job seekers with disabilities to take part in a short-term pre-employment training programme under WOPS with a view to enhancing their chance of employment with the participating employers. On completion of the pre-employment training, they will receive a training allowance of $80 per day of training.
Employees Retraining Board The Employees Retraining Board (ERB) offers courses that are market-driven and employment-oriented so as to meet the changing needs of the employment market. For persons with disabilities and persons recovered from work injuries who constitute one of its special target groups, the ERB provides courses that aim at helping the trainees integrate into the community and achieve self-reliance.
Shine Skills Centre of the Vocational Training Council Group The Centre offers vocational education and skills training to persons aged 15 or above with special educational needs to help enhancing their employability and realising their potentials.
Integrated Vocational Training Centre The Centre is set up to provide persons with disabilities with comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services characterised with structured vocational skill training that aim at assisting them in achieving open employment and developing their potentials.
Integrated Vocational Rehabilitation Services Centre The Centre is set up to provide one-stop seamless integrated vocational rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities. Through work training that is specially designed to accommodate the limitations arising from their disabilities, the trainees are well prepared for potential advancement to open employment.
Supported Employment The service provides support for persons with disabilities in employment so that they can work in an integrated open setting with necessary support services.
Sheltered Workshop The Workshop provides persons with disabilities who are not able to take up employment in the open market with appropriate vocational training in a specially designed environment. Its ultimate aim is to enhance their working abilities so that they can move on to supported or open employment wherever possible.

Subsidies to Employer

The Government has launched various schemes and programmes to encourage employers to employ persons with disabilities.

Programme Government Department Allowances / Subsidies
Work Orientation and Placement Scheme
  • Selective Placement Division of the Labour Department
An eligible participating employer who employs persons with disabilities belonging to one of the groups below can receive allowance/subsidy:
  1. Persons with disabilities having employment difficulties (including those having difficulties to secure jobs commensurate with their qualifications and / or job preference or those having difficulties in staying in employment)
    • An allowance with a maximum total amount of $51,000 per person with disabilities (for a maximum payment period of 9 months)
    • Cash Award with a maximum total amount of $1,500 payable to a mentor appointed by the aforesaid employer (the mentor has successfully assisted an employee with disabilities to continue with employment after the first 3 months of employment)
  2. Persons with disabilities who are not assessed as having employment difficulties
    • An allowance with a maximum total amount of $30,000 per person with disabilities (for a maximum payment period of 6 months)
    • Cash Award with a maximum amount of $500 payable to a mentor appointed by the aforesaid employer (the mentor has successfully assisted an employee with disabilities to continue with employment after the first month of employment)
Supported Employment
  • Social Welfare Department (Facilitator: the appointed service operator)
An employer can try out work abilities of the participant through job trial.
  • Grant an allowance with a maximum amount of $24,000 per participant (for a maximum period of 6 months)
On the Job Training Programme for Persons with disabilities
  • Social Welfare Department (Facilitator: the designated subvented vocational service providers)
The employer can try out the working abilities of the participants through job trial.
  • During the job trial period, the employer will receive a wage subsidy equal to 50% of the actual wage paid to each participant with a ceiling of $4,000 a month, whichever is the lower, for a maximum period of 6 months.
Sunnyway - On the Job Training Programme for Young Persons with disabilities
  • Social Welfare Department (Facilitator: the designated subvented vocational service providers)
The employer can try out the working abilities of the participants through job trial.
  • During the job trial period, the employer will receive a wage subsidy equal to 50% of the actual wage paid to each participant with a ceiling of $4,000 a month, whichever is the lower, for a maximum period of 6 months.
Financial Incentive Scheme for Mentors of Employees with Disabilities
  • Social Welfare Department (Facilitator: supported employment service, integrated vocational rehabilitation services centre, integrated vocational training centre, On the Job Training Programme for Persons with disabilities and Sunnyway – On the Job Training Programme for Young Persons with disabilities)
An eligible mentor is appointed by the employer for rendeing workplace support and assistance to an employee with disabilities who should be referred by an NGO operating subvented vocational rehabilitation services.
  • An incentive pay with a maximum total amount of $1,000 for a mentor (for a maximum period of 2 months and the mentoring period should start within the first 3 months of the employment of the employee with disabilities)
Support Programme for Employees with Disabilities An eligible employer of persons with disabilities can apply for a one-off subsidy in respect of each employee with disabilities for procurement of assistive devices and/or carrying out workplace modifications.
  • An subsidy with a maximum amount of $20,000 per persons with disabilities
  • Or not more than $40,000 for any single item of assistive device

Government Initiatives to Promote Employment of Persons with disabilities

To encourage persons with disabilities to secure employment, the Government has launched a host of schemes to promote employment of persons with disabilities.

Pilot scheme on providing subsidy for Higher Disability Allowance (HDA) recipients in paid employment to hire carers

Funding Provision Remarks
For persons with disabilities who are HDA recipients engaged in paid employment, the Community Care Fund has launched a scheme to encourage them to sustain employment. With the provision of a $5,000 subsidy monthly, they can hire carers to assist them in travelling between their home and workplace and/or taking care of their activities in the workplace (including providing care for daily living) but the hired carers should not assist or participate in the gainful employment of the applicants.
  1. The monthly income of an applicant must not be less than $7,500 and not exceeding $30,000 (not applicable to persons engaged in self-employment or working from home).
  2. Applications are required to be submitted on or before 31 March 2018. The pilot scheme was launched in October 2016 for a duration of 3 years.

Enquiries:Social Welfare Department

Telephone:2892 5156

Pilot scheme on raising the maximum level of disregarded earnings for recipients with disabilities under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Scheme

Funding Provision Remarks
The Community Care Fund has launched this scheme with the aim of encouraging CSSA recipients with disabilities who are currently employed to look for employment opportunities with higher salaries and those who are currently unemployed to join the labour market.
Under the scheme, the maximum level of disregarded earnings (DE) is raised such that the first $1,200 of the monthly earnings from employment of a CSSA recipient with disabilities will be totally disregarded, while up to half of the next $5,600 of his/her earnings (i.e., $2,800) will also be disregarded, adding up to a total DE of $4,000 per month at the maximum.
The pilot scheme was launched in October 2016 for a duration of 3 years.

Enquiries:Social Welfare Department

Telephone:2892 5156

Counselling Scheme for Persons with Disabilities

Scope of Service Remarks
To strengthen employment support services for job seekers with disabilities, the Selective Placement Division of the Labour Department has launched the Counselling Scheme and engaged a non-governmental welfare organisation to provide professional psychological and emotional counselling services for needy jobseekers with disabilities. The Counselling Scheme serves to alleviate emotional problems of job seekers with disabilities arising from the state of their disabilities or their personal or family matters, so as to help them concentrate on job hunting and settle in their new jobs promptly, thereby realizing their potentials in employment. This scheme was launched on 1 September 2018

Enquiries:Selective Placement Division of the Labour Department

Telephone:2852 4890

Website:
https://www1.jobs.gov.hk/isps/Web/Download/Document/Tch/CounsellingScheme.pdf

Job Hunting Guide

The booklet “Self-learning Kit for People with Disabilities – Key of Success to Open Employment” published by the Labour Department aims at assisting persons with disabilities to acquaint with the different steps in job hunting as well as to grasp the basic skills in securing an employment. Through this booklet, it is hoped to inspire job-seekers with disabilities to flexibly utilise different channels and resources in looking for a suitable job, and to help them grasp the job-hunting skills as well as to draw up clear strategies in job hunting and employment so as to achieve the goal of securing successful employment.

Enquiries:Selective Placement Division of the Labour Department

Website:
“Self-learning Kit for People with Disabilities – Key of Success to Open Employment”

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