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Employment Programme for the Elderly and Middle-aged

Introduction

The Employment Programme for the Elderly and Middle-aged (EPEM) aims at encouraging employers to engage unemployed job seekers aged 40 or above and provide the job seekers with on-the-job training (OJT), through the provision of training allowance to employers. This will enable job seekers to adapt to new working environment and acquire essential job-specific skills with a view to securing stable employment. Upon completion of OJT by eligible employees under EPEM, employers engaging unemployed elderly job seekers aged 60 or above may apply for an on-the-job training allowance of up to $4,000 per month per employee for 6 to 12 months; while employers engaging unemployed job seekers aged 40 to below 60 may apply for an on-the-job training allowance of up to $3,000 per month per employee for 3 to 6 months.

Job-seekers

Eligibility

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.

Registration

No prior registration under EPEM is required. Relevant registration can be made when job seekers have secured full-time or part-time (i.e. working 18 hours to less than 30 hours per week) permanent employment from vacancies registered at the Labour Department.

#For enquiries, please contact EPEM Hotline : 2150 6398

Employers

Eligibility

Employers who register their vacancies of full-time or part-time permanent posts with the Labour Department and then employ elderly or middle-aged 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 to fill such posts, may submit applications for the provision of OJT under EPEM.

On-the-job Training (OJT) and Training Allowance

In general, OJT lasts for 3 months for employee aged 40 to below 60; or 6 months for employee aged 60 or above. Subject to the approval of the Labour Department with assessment on the nature of the post and business, experience of the employees and mentors, and mode and content of the training, etc., the OJT period may be extended to a maximum of 6 months (aged 40 to below 60) and 12 months (aged 60 or above) for deserving cases in which employers have to provide information for vetting.

Upon completion of OJT by eligible employees under EPEM, participating employers may apply for training allowance with details as tabulated below:

Type of post Age of Employee^ Amount of OJT allowance*
(per month per employee)
Monthly salary of the post* is below $6,000 Monthly salary of the post* is $6,000 or above
Full-time post Aged 40 to below 60 $2,000 $3,000
60 or above 50% of the employee's salary of the month*, with the maximum amount up to $4,000
Part-time post# Aged 40 to below 60 25% of the employee's salary of the month*, with the maximum amount up to $3,000
60 or above 50% of the employee's salary of the month*, with the maximum amount up to $4,000

^Age of employee at the commencement of employment.

*Under EPEM, when computing the salary of the job, any items which is of a gratuitous nature, or is payable only at the discretion of the employer, or is conditional in nature (e.g. good attendance allowance, good performance bonus, commission, end of year payment, etc.), irrespective of how it is designated or calculated, should be excluded.

#Working 18 hours to less than 30 hours per week will be defined as part-time post.

Registration

Employers should complete the "Vacancy Order Form" for registering their full-time or part-time permanent vacancies with the Labour Department and indicate they welcome applications from elderly and middle-aged job seekers. Job seekers obtain relevant vacancy information through the Labour Department, and then depend on the job application method selected by the employers, job seekers may apply for the posts through referrals of the Labour Department or directly to the employers.

When employers employ or prepare to employ eligible job seekers under EPEM, they have to submit a completed "Preliminary Application Form" , together with supporting documents on the salary and hours of work of the job (such as a signed employment contract), to the EPEM Coordination Office [Address: 10/F, Kowloon East Government Offices, 12 Lei Yue Mun Road, Kwun Tong. Fax no. 2391 3937] within (i) 3 months from the date when the job vacancy is posted at Labour Department, and (ii) the first month after the commencement of employment of the job seekers.

#For enquiries, please contact EPEM Hotline : 2150 6398

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