Training Incentive Schemes

Ship Repair Training Incentive Scheme (SRTIS)


Objective

The Ship Repair Training Incentive Scheme (the Scheme) aims to attract people of suitable calibre to receive training and become skilled workers to alleviate the workforce shortage in the ship repair industry, in order to maintain the quality repair service for both visiting and local vessels, as well as to strengthen Hong Kong's position as an international maritime centre. The Scheme is co-organized by the Government and the Vocational Training Council (VTC).

Targets

  • students who have completed a designated pre-employment course offered by recognised training institute; and
  • workers with relevant working experience from other industries.

Students

At present, the designated pre-employment courses included the following one-year courses offered by VTC :

  • Basic Craft Certificate in Welding and Fabrication (2006 graduates or after)
  • Certificate of Basic Craft Studies in Welding and Fabrication (2016 graduates or after)
  • Basic Craft Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (2007 graduates or after)
  • Certificate of Basic Craft Studies in Mechanical Engineering (2016 graduates or after)
  • Technician Foundation Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (2007 graduates or after)
  • Certificate of Technician Foundation Studies in Mechanical Engineering (2016 graduates or after)
  • Basic Craft Certificate in Electrical Engineering (2008 graduates or after)
  • Certificate of Basic Craft Studies in Electrical Engineering (2016 graduates or after)
  • Technician Foundation Certificate in Electrical Engineering (2008 graduates or after)
  • Certificate of Technician Foundation Studies in Electrical Engineering (2016 graduates or after)
  • Diploma in Vocational Education Programme - Mechanical Engineering Stream (Mechanical Engineering or Welding Technology & Inspection Specialization) (2010 graduates or after)
  • Diploma of Vocational Education Programme - Mechanical Engineering Stream (Mechanical Engineering or Welding Technology & Inspection Specialization) (2016 graduates or after)
  • Diploma in Vocational Education Programme - Electrical Engineering Stream (2010 graduates or after)
  • Diploma of Vocational Education Programme - Electrical Engineering Stream (2016 graduates or after)

After completion of one of the above courses, a student has to join the ship repair industry by entering into an apprenticeship contract with a local shipyard and receive on-the-job ship repair training. Successful applicants will receive a financial incentive of HK$1,500 per month during the apprenticeship for a period of not more than 36 months.

Re-trained workers

Experienced workers from other industries or workers who possess relevant skills have to complete a designated ship repair re-training programme of not longer than one month, and to be employed by a local shipyard as skilled workers in the ship repair industry. Successful applicants will be eligible to a financial incentive of HK$4,000 per month for not more than 12 months during a continuous employment.

Application

The Scheme is operated by VTC. Interested persons may submit the completed applications with copies of all supporting documents to Office of the Director of Apprenticeship, Room 512, 20A, Tsing Yi Road, Tsing Yi Island, New Territories. Applications will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis. The application form can be obtained from the Office of the Director of Apprenticeship or downloaded from the Office of the Director of Apprenticeship website.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant must -

  • be a Hong Kong permanent resident
  • complete a designated pre-employment or re-training course in or after a specified year;
  • enter into an apprenticeship contract with a local shipyard to receive on-the-job ship repair training, or have been employed by a local shipyard as a skilled ship repair worker; and
  • not be in employment with the ship repair industry within 24 months prior to the application.

Application from a final year student of the designated pre-employment course may also be considered if he/she has been offered a recognised apprenticeship by a local shipyard at the time of application.

Points to Note

  • Irrespective of funding source, the applicant must not receive double benefits, i.e. any other similar incentive, subsidy or financial assistance for encouraging citizens to take on re-training courses and employment or to continue with employment in any industry during the apprenticeship or employment periods for which he/she is entitled to the incentive under the Scheme.
  • Re-trained workers should be able to produce relevant documents or be invited to attend trade tests to prove his/her professional qualifications or skills.

Enquiry

For enquiry, please contact the Office of the Director of Apprenticeship of the VTC at telephone number 3700 5181 / 3700 5112 or via email apuho@vtc.edu.hk.