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Job Seekers' Frequently Asked Questions

Employment Programme for the Elderly and Middle-aged

Job Seekers' Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the eligibility criteria of job seekers for joining the Employment Programme for the Elderly and Middle-aged (EPEM), and how to enroll?

    All job seekers aged 40 or above and have an unemployment period of not less than 1 month within 1 year prior to the commencement date of employment are eligible for EPEM. Please refer to the section of 'Job Seekers: How to Register'.

  2. What will job seekers benefit from EPEM?

    EPEM aims at encouraging employers to engage eligible job seekers aged 40 or above in full-time or part-time (i.e. working 18 hours to less than 30 hours per week) permanent jobs and provide them with on-the-job training (OJT) recognised by the Labour Department (LD). This not only enables elderly and middle-aged job seekers to secure stable employment, but also help them adapt to the new working environment and acquire essential job-specific skills.

  3. How to calculate 'having an unemployment period of not less than 1 month within 1 year prior to the commencement date of employment'?

    It means the job seekers have an unemployment period of not less than 1 month, but 30 consecutive days is not required, within 1 year prior to the commencement date of employment.

  4. Do job seekers need to produce any documents to prove the unemployment period within the past 1 year?

    The placed job seekers have to declare that they have an unemployment period of not less than 1 month within 1 year prior to the commencement date of employment, and sign on the 'Preliminary Application Form' when the employers make an application under EPEM.

  5. Under EPEM, do job seekers need to be engaged in certain industries or occupations?

    There is no restriction on industries or occupations under EPEM, but the job vacancies have to be full-time or part-time permanent posts registered at the Labour Department. Employers should first register their job vacancies with this Department and indicate they welcome applications from elderly and middle-aged job seekers. Job seekers obtain relevant vacancy information through this Department, and then depending on the job application method selected by the employers, job seekers may apply for the posts through referrals of this Department or directly to the employers.

    Please click here to browse information on latest job vacancies of EPEM.

  6. What are the characteristics of OJT provided by employers? How can job seekers benefit from the training?

    Under EPEM, employers have to provide OJT to the job seekers placed during the approved OJT period, and assign an experienced staff as their mentor. The provision of OJT enables the newly hired employees to adapt to the new working environment and acquire the essential job-specific skills.

    Training can be formulated by employers based on the company business nature, job seekers' qualifications and job requirements, etc. However, the content of training must at least include the following items: assignment of mentor, nature of business and company structure, human resources policy, product and service knowledge, roles and duties of staff, work knowledge, workflow and job-related skills.

  7. Can job seekers who intend to join EPEM use other employment services of the Labour Department at the same time?

    Yes.

  8. Will employers continue to employ the job seekers concerned after the completion of the OJT?

    We encourage employers to continue hiring the job seekers concerned after the completion of OJT. At the same time, the Labour Department will monitor each application for training allowance to ensure that the employers are in compliance with the requirements under EPEM.

  9. Do job seekers need to sign any documents under EPEM after they are employed?

    Employers have to submit a "Preliminary Application Form" for joining EPEM. To apply for OJT longer than 3 months (for employee aged 40 to below 60) and 6 months (for employee aged 60 or above), the employer should obtain a "Training Plan" from the Programme Office for completion and submission as well. Upon the completion of OJT, employers have to submit a "Assessment-cum-Claim Form". The placed job seekers have to sign on all the documents concerned, and copies of the signed documents will be provided to them for reference.

  10. What else should job seekers be aware of?

    Please be reminded that if any persons who provide false or erroneous information for participating or intending to participate in EPEM, they will be liable to an offence. The Labour Department may refer the cases to other divisions of this Department and other government departments/statutory bodies for follow-up.

    #For enquiries, please contact EPEM Hotline : 2150 6398

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