The Electrical & Mechanical Engineering and Construction Industries | Diploma of Vocational Education

With the booming construction industry in Hong Kong and the increasing number of projects in infrastructure, building construction and maintenance as well as redevelopment, the demand for electrical, mechanical and construction talents is continually high, creating career opportunities for young people.

Professional fields covered:

  • Building Services Engineering
  • Construction
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronic and Computer Engineering

4 Major Advantages for Earn and Learn
Earn and Learn : Under the scheme, participants will receive on-the-job training and classroom learning at the same time. A steady income and a recognised qualification are guaranteed
All-round Career Support : One-stop career counselling and placement services
Professional Career after Scheme Completion : Upon completion of the scheme, graduates of Higher Diploma programmes will be entitled to a monthly salary not less than $12,000
Flexible Articulation Pathways : Graduates can pursue further studies to acquire higher qualifications and become a professional in the field

Study Arrangement

The first year

Participants will study a one-year full-time Diploma of Vocational Education (DVE) programme at the Youth College.

The second to fifth years

Participants will be employed by the participating companies as apprentices. Employers will also sponsor apprentices to study the part-time-day-release Higher Diploma programme.

Allowance & Salary*

The second to fourth years

Participants will receive a total subsidy of $30,800 from their employers, a guaranteed monthly salary not less than $9,000 and an average of $2,500# government allowance. The total monthly income will be above $10,000.

The fifth year

Full-time on-the-job training with a guaranteed monthly salary not less than $9,000.
The second year of training
Monthly salary not less than $9,000 and an average of $2,000 Government Allowance
Monthly average
$11,000 or above
The third year of training
Monthly salary not less than $9,000 and an average of $2,500 Government Allowance
Monthly average
$11,500 or above
The fourth year of training
Monthly salary not less than $9,000 and an average of $3,000 Government Allowance
Monthly average
$12,000 or above
An additional subsidy during the second to fourth year $30,800
The fifth year Full-time training

* Mode of issuing subsidy and Government Allowance may vary across trades and industries.
- A maximum total subsidy of $30,800 from the Construction Industry Council (CIC) will be given to participants of Trainee Subsidy Scheme (TSS)
- For enquiries, please contact the Office of the Director of Apprenticeship.
# Applicable to participants who enroll in academic year 2019/20.

Tuition Fees

  • Participants will need to pay the tuition fees for DVE programme.
  • Employers will sponsor the tuition fees for the Higher Diploma programme.

Offering Institutes:


For enquiries:

Office of the Director of Apprenticeship

Tel.: 3700 5000


Information as of May 2019. VTC reserves the right to revise or cancel any programme if circumstances so warrant. Details will be announced on the Admission Homepage.

YEUNG Hang Fung
  • Graduate, DVE (Building Services Engineering), Youth College
  • Technician Trainee at Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD)
  • Higher Diploma in Building Services Engineering, IVE
‘On-the-job training enabled me to put what I learnt in class to practice, it helped me build a solid technical foundation, which would be beneficial for my further career development in the industry.’