Asked by : Hon Andrew CHENG
Replied by : Secretary for Education and Manpower
I have learnt that the Employees Retraining Board ("ERB") and the relevant training bodies have repeatedly rejected requests made by an employer for collaboration in organising tailor-made training courses and in recruiting employees exercises. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council whether it knows :
|a.|| The Employees Retraining Board (ERB) offers tailor-made programmes to meet the specific needs of individual employers or groups of employers, as well as trade/employer associations. In the past three years, the ERB had discussed with over 330 employers and 13 trade associations to promote its tailor-made programmes. As a result, tailor-made courses were organised for 151 employers and trade associations. These figures included 67 employers who approached the ERB at their own initiative. Among them, 28 were accepted and 39 were rejected
Proposals for tailor-made programmes are considered by ERB's Course Vetting Sub-committee and the Course Development Committee. Guidelines for the conduct of tailor-made programmes are also distributed widely to ERB's training bodies and other interested parties. In approving proposals for tailor-made programmes, the ERB adopts the following criteria -
|b.|| The criteria aim to safeguard the interests of the ERB retrainees, avoid any possible abuse by unscrupulous employers, and ensure that the resources of the ERB are utilised in a cost-effective manner.
The ERB does not keep record of the reasons for rejecting individual proposals. In general, cases are rejected mainly for the following reasons -