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In view of the continuous pandemic impact on the economy, and the overwhelming demand received by the Futuremakers’ First Job Youth Employment and Subsidy Programme (青年就業及資助計劃), Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited and St. James’ Settlement are delighted to introduce the second phase of the programme to subsidize more SMEs in various sectors to provide full-time or gig job opportunities to recent graduates.

The programme aims at enhancing graduates’ employability and facilitating them to land their first job while supporting struggling SMEs to create more job opportunities during the COVID-19 economic recession. Since its launch in October 2020, the programme had successfully offered over 600 full-time or gig job opportunities, upskilled over 450 youths and subsidized close to 100 SMEs to hire 145 youths within a few months, despite the unfavorable economic environment impacted by the pandemic.

Eligibility - Graduate

  • Hong Kong resident
  • Legally permissible to work in Hong Kong
  • 2019, 2020 or 2021 graduate of secondary school or sub-degree (associate degree or higher diploma) or bachelor degree or above;
  • Not pursuing higher education in the upcoming 6 months and
  • not being employed full-time at the time of application

Programme Features - Graduate


2 weeks to get the first job interview

The programme helps graduate to get an interview opportunity upon registration as fast as 2 weeks

First-of-its-kind SME Job Matching Platform

The programme provides graduates a brand-new platform of SME job opportunities

Zero Cost

The programme is entirely free of charge for graduates

Comprehensive Support

Graduates will receive a series of career support including pre-employment training, CV & interview clinic, interview line-up and on-the-job support

Gig Job Opportunities

The programme offers plenty of gig job opportunities to match different working pattern and preferences