A study on employees retraining programmes in Hong Kong

May M. L. WONG

Research output: Working paperWorking paper series


Hong Kong has experienced an economic transformation from a manufacturing-based to a service-based economy which has impacted on the demand for manual labour. In 1992, Employee Retraining Board was set up to provide employees retraining programmes to the unemployed manual workers. This study focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of the programmes in helping the unemployed manual workers to acquire and develop knowledge, skills and abilities so that they can re-enter the labour market. The evaluation is based on assessment of training needs, course design in terms of programme structure and content, course evaluation, and follow-up services conducted by the selected training bodies. It is found that the overall effectiveness of the overall programme is low. The official indicators - participation rate and job placement rate - used by the training bodies tend to provide misleading evaluation results.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherHong Kong Institute of Business Studies, Lingnan University
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1997

Publication series

NameHong Kong Institute of Business Studies Working Paper Series
PublisherLingnan College


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