The Social Welfare Department (SWD) said it will continue to work with five non-governmental organizations and provide about 400 training places for young people who want to join the social welfare care services in the next fiscal year.
The government launched the Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care Services in July 2015, aiming to provide a total of 1,000 places in the next few years to encourage the youth in joining elderly or rehabilitation care services.
Those aged 18 to 25 who have completed an educational level of Secondary 5 or possess an equivalent qualification can apply to study a two-year part-time course provided by qualified training institutes under government subsidy.
Course fees will be reimbursed to the trainees annually upon their successful completion of the course each year with a certificate issued by the training institute.
SWD spokesman said participants will be required to work 44 hours per week as care workers with a starting monthly salary of HK$10,670.
Once they register as health workers, their monthly salary will be raised to $12,820, the spokesman said.
The five service operators include Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Service, Haven of Hope Christian Service, Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service, Caritas Hong Kong and Tung Wah Group of Hospitals.
A total of 569 trainees have been recruited by these organizations in the past two years, according to the spokesman.
They are now planning to set up booths at secondary schools to introduce the scheme to new graduates on July 12, the day when the results of Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination are released.
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