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Professional Traineeship Programme for the Ethnic Minorities

Date of issue: 2022-04-29

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) initiate the Professional Traineeship Programme for the Ethnic Minorities (EM) (the Programme). Companies from different industries are invited to participate in the Programme by offering job opportunities and hosting motivated EM trainees to launch their careers in business sector.

There is a significant increase in EM population in recent years. Though most Hong Kong borned EM have been receiving integrated education under the local schooling system, limited Chinese language skill and lower education attainment are still challenges for EM youth to develop longer term career path in Hong Kong. At the same time, some industries have long been shortage of stable labour force despite the adverse economic situation in the pandemic. Service industries such as hotels & lodging, food and beverage outlets, retail stores, transportation service, etc. EM youth would become a valuable human resource for the labour force.

Programme objectives

1. To nurture a pool of EM young talents to become the role models with upward mobility in the community

2. To arouse management awareness of the developing workforce pool from EM youth in business sector

3. To cultivate an inclusive working environment for local people and those with multi-cultural backgrounds

Programme duration

12 Months (1 Sep 2022 – 31 Aug 2023)

Targeted beneficiaries

EM Youth who is HKDSE graduate or above

Salary & Remuneration

  • HK$15,000/trainee/month plus 5% MPF (employer contribution)
  • The Government will provide subsidy to cover 50% of the salary plus MPF, up to HK$10,000/trainee/month to each participating company on reimbursement basis

Participants & Partners

16 EMs / 8-16 Companies (1 – 2 Trainees/company)

Core components of programme

  • Employer Engagement Orientation
  • 15-hour compulsory pre-employment orientation to provide trainees with basic understanding on workplace environment and culture
  • Bi-monthly meeting with other trainees
  • Bi-monthly meeting with mentors
  • Showcasing events
  • Apprenticeship by line managers, mentors and work peers/buddies

Current Status

The application is already closed. All trainees have started their training and traineeship in the successfully applied companies.


Yoyo Fung (Tel: 2876 2443 / Email:

Keevin Poon (Tel: 2876 2441 / Email:

Wendy Luk (Tel: 2876 2403 / Email: