Enrolled Nurse Training Programme for Welfare Sector 2023-24 invites applications

     The Social Welfare Department (SWD) announced that the full-time Enrolled Nurse (General) Training Programme for the Welfare Sector 2023-24 starts inviting applications today (January 16). The programme, which will last for two years, aims to train enrolled students to become registered nurses so as to alleviate the shortage of nurses in the welfare sector and enhance the quality of care services. A total of 427 places will be provided by three training institutes.

     A spokesman for the SWD said that, in response to the keen demand for nurses in the welfare sector, the department will provide more than 1 700 additional and fully-subsidised Enrolled Nurse (General) training places under the "Enrolled Nurse Training Programme for the Welfare Sector" for five years starting from the 2023-24 academic year. In this connection, the number of training places in 2023-24 has more than doubled that in the previous academic year. The institutes commissioned to provide the training programme have been increased to three, including the Hong Kong Metropolitan University (formerly the Open University of Hong Kong) which has been providing the programme since 2017-18, as well as the Caritas Institute of Higher Education and the Tung Wah College which are newly invited to provide training for enrolled students.

     The spokesman said, "Applicants for the programme must be permanent Hong Kong residents with the right of abode in Hong Kong and have attained the age of 18 by the time the training programme commences. They must also have attained Level 2 or above in five subjects, including Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and any two other subjects in Categories A and B, in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination; or an equivalent qualification. Applicants are also required to take note of other entry requirements as specified by respective training institutes."

     The spokesman added, "To encourage young people and frontline staff currently serving the welfare sector to upgrade their professional skills, priority will be accorded to applicants who have successfully completed the two-year diploma programme and obtained the diploma under the Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care Services launched since 2015 (or under the First-hire-then-train Pilot Scheme from 2013 to 2016) by the SWD; or those who are currently working full-time in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or private organisations providing elderly, rehabilitation, family and child care, youth or correctional services. Individuals who aspire to pursue a career as enrolled nurses in the welfare sector are also welcome."

     Tuition fees will be reimbursed to trainees in full on the condition that they have successfully completed the training programme and qualified to register as enrolled nurses within two years. Trainees will be required to sign an undertaking to work as Enrolled Nurse (General) in NGOs or private organisations recognised by the SWD for providing elderly, rehabilitation, family and child care, or correctional services for a continuous period of no less than three years after completion of the training.

     Information seminars on the training programme will be held by the three institutes this month. Details about the dates and time of the information seminars, the relevant websites and enquiry numbers are set out in the table below:
Training institute Date and time of information seminar Website Enquiry number
Tung Wah College 11am, January 19 www.twc.edu.hk/en/Programmes/hdn 3190 6673
Caritas Institute of Higher Education 10am, January 27 www.cihe.edu.hk/en/programmes/sub-degree-programmes/higher-diploma-in-enrolled-nursing-general-hden-swd/introduction/index.html 3702 4388
Hong Kong Metropolitan University 4pm, January 27 Programme content
3970 2958 / 3970 2957
     Applications will be closed at 5pm on March 6. For enquiries, please call the enquiry numbers of the training institutes.

Ends/Monday, January 16, 2023
Issued at HKT 9:00