2015-16 Talent-Wise Employment Charter and
Inclusive Organisations Recognition Scheme
Create an Inclusive Workplace
Table of Contents
- Objective and Contents
- Measures for Implementing the Scheme
- Inclusive Organisations Recognition Scheme
- List of Participating Organisations
- Enrolment Form of the Scheme
- Award Presentation Ceremony-cum-Experience Sharing Session 2015-16
- Supporting Services provided by the Government
- Government’s Financial Subsidies or Assistance
- “Talent-wise Employment” Television Series
- The rehabilitation policy of the HKSAR Government seeks to assist persons with disabilities in developing their potential and to build a barrier-free environment with a view to enabling persons with disabilities to participate in society in full and enjoy equal opportunities. We believe that, through employment, persons with disabilities can unleash their potential and fully integrate into the community.
- The Labour and Welfare Bureau (LWB), in collaboration with the Rehabilitation Advisory Committee, the Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, launched the Talent-Wise Employment Charter and Inclusive Organisations Recognition Scheme (the Scheme) to mobilise the Government, business sector, public bodies, subvented and non-governmental organisations to further promote the employment of persons with disabilities through participation in the Scheme.
Objective and Contents
- The Scheme seeks to engage employers of all trades and sectors in providing more internship and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, thereby unleashing their potential, enabling their self-reliance, fostering social integration and building a caring and supportive society for all.
- Having regard to its nature and business needs, an organisation participating in the Scheme may directly employ persons with disabilities; implement suitable measures; or encourage their members or business partners to join the Scheme to promote employment of persons with disabilities on all fronts.
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Measures for Implementing the SchemeParticipating organisations of the Scheme may implement one or more measure(s) to promote the employment of persons with disabilities. Examples of the relevant measures are as follows:
- To introduce policies and measures to ensure equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities;
- To employ persons with disabilities;
- To publish periodically in corporate publications/publicity materials (e.g. annual reports and websites) on the number of employees with disabilities and on measures or indicators pertaining to the employment of persons with disabilities;
- To provide a barrier-free working environment and assistive devices for employees with disabilities to facilitate their performance of duties;
- To make reasonable and appropriate adjustments to the work process according to the special needs of the employees with disabilities (e.g. re-engineering the work process and place employees with disabilities in suitable jobs having regard to their disability conditions, introducing flexitime, or outsourcing suitable jobs such as graphic design, word processing and computer programming to home-based and self-employed persons with disabilities);
- To participate in various on-the-job training and support programmes organised by the Social Welfare Department (SWD) and/or the Labour Department (LD), or offer apprenticeship schemes or similar measures in order to provide training and job opportunities for persons with disabilities;
- To launch mentorship schemes or similar measures to impart knowledge and skills (e.g. bakery and handicrafts) to trainees with disabilities, or assign mentors to help new recruits with disabilities acquire job skills, adapt to the working environment and build rapport with their colleagues;
- To use products or services (e.g. catering and cleaning) provided by rehabilitation social enterprises and workshops, suppliers employing persons with disabilities, or self-employed persons with disabilities;
- To set up non-profit-making social enterprises to employ persons with disabilities;
- To set up simulated workplaces (e.g. hotel guest rooms for housekeeping training) in collaboration with non-governmental organisations to provide induction training for persons with disabilities;
- To set aside shops or stalls for social enterprises or self-employed persons with disabilities to run business or sell their products;
- To create new job or posts (full-time and part-time) with due consideration to the work abilities of persons with disabilities thereby enhancing their employment opportunities; and
- To participate in publicity and public education activities for the open employment of persons with disabilities (e.g. introducing the Scheme to members and business partners; participating in employers’ experience sharing sessions, media interviews; and production of publicity photos or videos, etc.).
Inclusive Organisations Recognition Scheme
Inclusive Organisations may choose to use any of the above Inclusive Organisation logos.
In 2015-16, the Organisers will continue to present awards to eligible Inclusive Organisations to give due recognition to their efforts and achievements. Details on the awards under the Scheme will be announced at the website of the Scheme in due course.
Lists of Awarded Organisations under the Scheme in 2013-14
- Organisations interested in participating in the Scheme, please complete the Enrolment Form and return it by post to Rehabilitation Division, Labour and Welfare Bureau, at 11/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong;
by fax to 2543 0486; or
email to email@example.com
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Supporting Services provided by the Government
The Government is committed to supporting persons with disabilities to ensure that they have equal access to productive and gainful employment in the open market. Despite limitations in some aspects of life, persons with disabilities do have abilities and talents that they could use to contribute to the society and achieve self-reliance.
- The Selective Placement Division of LD provides free recruitment and employment service for employers and job seekers with disabilities who are fit for open employment. The placement officers will conduct matching in the light of the employers’ requirements and refer suitable candidates to the employers for consideration. Placement officers will also provide follow-up services for those candidates who are employed.
Telephone ： 2852 4801 (Hong Kong) / 2755 4835 (Kowloon) / 2417 6190 (New Territories)
- The Marketing Consultancy Office (Rehabilitation) under SWD provides corporations with one-stop services to help them source the goods and services they need from rehabilitation social enterprises.
Telephone ： 2835 1933
Government’s Financial Subsidies or Assistance
- Allowance for Employers
The Work Orientation and Placement Scheme (WOPS) launched by the Selective Placement Division of LD aims to encourage employers to offer job vacancies to persons with disabilities through the provision of allowance. Under WOPS, employers will be granted an allowance for each employee with disabilities they employ if they provide appropriate training/support and appoint a mentor for such an employee, and meet other prescribed requirements.
- Job Attachment Allowance & Wage Subsidy
The targets of the SWD’s On the Job Training Programme for People with Disabilities are persons with disabilities aged 15 or above, while those of the Sunnyway-On the Job Training Programme for Young People with Disabilities are persons with disabilities aged between 15 and 25 or young people in this age group with early signs of mental illness as assessed by psychiatrist. Operators of the programmes will conduct assessments and provide employment training and job-related counselling for the participants. During the job attachment period, participants who can fulfill the required attendance will be given a job attachment allowance. During the job trial period, an employer will receive a wage subsidy.
- Financial Incentive for Mentors of Employees with Disabilities
To help users of subvented vocational rehabilitation services to adapt to their new jobs, the “Financial Incentive Scheme for Mentors of Employees with Disabilities" encourages employers to appoint mentors to new recruits with disabilities. The mentor will be given a one-off incentive pay.
- Procurement of Assistive Devices and Workplace Modifications
To encourage employers to employ persons with disabilities, SWD has launched the Support Programme for Employees with Disabilities, which provides employers with a one-off subsidy in respect of each employee with disabilities for procurement of assistive devices and/or workplace modifications.
- Funding for Setting Up of Small Business
The Enhancing Employment of People with Disabilities through Small Enterprise Project under SWD aims to assist non-governmental organisations in setting up and running small businesses employing persons with disabilities so that they can secure genuine employment in a carefully planned and sympathetic working environment.
“Talent-wise Employment” Television Series
- The LWB and Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) jointly produced a 14-episode 5-minuter Television (TV) series and an 8-episode TV documentary series on "Talent-wise Employment". Through real employment cases of persons with disabilities, these TV series showcase their work ability to the community; give due recognition to their employers; and provide a platform for employers and employees to share their experience in promoting employment of persons with disabilities. The TV series were broadcast in various local TV channels and may be reviewed via RTHK website http://tv.rthk.hk and the mobile app RTHK Screen.
- Past Activities
EnquiriesThank you for browsing the website of the Scheme.
For enquiries about the Charter Scheme or other information on employment of persons with disabilities, please contact the Rehabilitation Division of LWB as follows:
|Tel :||3153 4307 / 3153 4308|
|Fax :||2543 0486|
Acknowledgement: Photos in this webpage by courtesy of Hong Chi Association, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and MentalConnect Company Limited.
Award Presentation Ceremony-cum-Experience Sharing Session 2015-16
- Innovation Award for Inclusive Organisation: to give recognition to the Inclusive Organisations which introduce innovative measures to enhance the employment opportunities of persons with disabilities, or implement innovative measures for establishing new posts, creating new jobs, or re-engineering work process for persons with disabilities, thereby enhancing their employment opportunities.
- Outstanding Mentor Award for Inclusive Organisation: to give recognition to the mentors of Inclusive Organisations who assist employees with disabilities in coping with difficulties at work and in integrating into the work team.
The Inclusive Organisations actively participated in the above-mentioned Special Awards. As endorsed by the Assessment Panel, a list of the Awardee Organisations of the Special Awards is as follows:
|Special Award||Organisations awarded (in alphabetical order)|
|Innovation Award for Inclusive Organisation||
|Outstanding Mentor Award for Inclusive Organisation||
An Award Presentation Ceremony of the 2015-16 Talent-Wise Employment Charter and Inclusive Organisations Recognition Scheme cum Experience Sharing Session (the Ceremony) is scheduled for 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm on Monday, 29 February 2016 at the Conference Hall, 2/F, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar. Apart from presenting the Innovation Award for Inclusive Organisation and Outstanding Mentor Award for Inclusive Organisation, the organisers will also invite some awardee organisations to share their experience in promoting employment of persons with disabilities at the above-mentioned Ceremony.
Besides, a series of publicity initiatives, including newspaper advertorial and digital advertisements on public transport mode, etc. so will be launched to publicise the corporate social responsibility practised by the awardee organisations and to showcase the good practices for promoting the employment of persons with disabilities.