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Intermediate Tradesman Collaborative Training Scheme


In order to alleviate manpower shortage in the construction industry, the Construction Industry Council (CIC) launched the "Intermediate Tradesman Collaborative Training Scheme"(ITCTS) in 2017 to train up new entrants. Under the scheme, trainees are recruited on a first-hire-then-train basis and primarily trained on-site. In support of the scheme, Hong Kong Institute of Construction (HKIC) provides subsidy to employers and trainees.

Employers who are interested in the Scheme can submit an ITCTS application form indicating their proposal to HKIC. Upon approval by HKIC, the employer can then recruit suitable trainees and provide training to the trainees under HKIC's supervision. Duration of training is from 1 month to 6 months, which is subject to different trades.

Choice of Trades

Category Work Trade Training Period


Building and Civil Work Trade
(B&C Trade)


Painter and Decorator
Marble Worker (Polishing)
Metal Worker
General Welder
Tower Crane Workers' Assistant*
Piling Operative (Bored Pile)
Offsite Rebar Automation Cut and Bend Operator*
6 months
Bar Bender and Fixer
Carpenter (Formwork - Building Construction/ Civil Construction)
Site Surveying (Leveller)
Surveying & Setting Out (Leveller)
5 months
False Ceiliing Installer
Curtain Wall Installer
4.5 months
Metal Scaffolder
Metal Formwork Erector
Ground Investigation Operator
Tunnel Worker*
3 months
Specialist Marine Work Trade* Underwater Geotextile Special Barge Operator
Underwater Band Drain Special Barge Operator
Sand Pumping Barge Operation Supervisor
Anchor Boat Operator
Rock Placing Pelican Barge Operator
Dredge Pipe Supervisor – TSHD
Deep Cement Mixing Plant Operator
Hydraulic Filling Vibro Compaction Rig Operator
Floating Box Culvert Installation Operator
Operator of Specialized Plant for Seabed Ground Treatment Works
Sand Transshipment Operator
Underwater Lamination Sand Placing Special Barge Operator
6 months

Plant and Equipment Operator Work Trade#

Bulldozer Operator 
Loader Operator
Excavator Operator
1-2 months
Crawler-mounted Mobile Crane Operator
Crawler-mounted Mobile Crane Operator (Apprentices Scheme)
Wheeled Telescopic Mobile Crane Operator
Wheeled Telescopic Mobile Crane Operator (Apprentices Scheme)
Tower Crane Operator
3 months
Electrical & Mechanical Work Trade
(E&M Trade)
Electrical Wireman
Fire Service Mechanical Fitter
Fire Service Electrical Fitter
Refrigeration / Air-conditioning / Ventilation Mechanic (Air System)
Refrigeration / Air-conditioning / Ventilation Mechanic (Thermal Insulation)
Refrigeration / Air-conditioning / Ventilation Mechanic (Water System)
Lift Mechanic*
6 months
Repair, Maintenance, Alterations and Additions Work Trade Repair, Maintenance, Alterations and Additions (Building Construction)*
Repair, Maintenance, Alterations and Additions (Electrical and Mechanical)*
6 months

* Intermediate Trade Test is not applicable to the work trade marked with '*'. Trainee will be awarded a Completion Certificate after the trainee has successfully completed the training scheme and passed the test.

# Intermediate Trade Test is not applicable to Plant and Equipment Operator Work Trade. Trainee will be awarded the Certificate of the relevant trade after the trainee has successfully completed the training scheme and passed the Certification Test.

Eligible Employers

An employer who is going to apply for this scheme shall meet at least one of the following requirements:

(1)     Main Contractor; or

(2)     Registered companies under the “Registered Specialist Trade Contractors Scheme”or the “Sub-contractors Registration Scheme”of the CIC; or

(3)     Contractor who has paid Construction Industry Levy to Construction Industry Council within 5 years (from the date of application) or subcontractor who is directly employed by contractor ; or

(4)    Owners of refurbishment, repair and maintenance projects or new projects (owner refers to the property holder, developer or administrator)

(i) Developer: Must be a member of “The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong (REDA)”, relevant membership is to be provided by the applicant; or

(ii) Property Management Company: Must be a member of “The Hong Kong Association of Property Management Companies”, relevant membership is to be provided by the applicant; or

(iii) Other Categories of Applicant: If the applicant does not fall into the above approved categories, the application will be submitted to the Sub-committee for consideration and approval; or

 (5)   Possess at least one construction contract or sub-contract document, either in progress or ready to commence. The nature of the construction, in whole or in part, must be appropriate to the type of work trade applied. 

Enquiry: 2100 9000 (Collaboration Scheme)

ITCTS Preparation Tips (For Employers)

  • Scheme Information
  • Framework Document
  • Application Form
  • Year 2023/24 Initial Training Schedule
  • Year 2023 Recruitment Day Schedule for "Intermediate Tradesman Collaborative Training Scheme" (ITCTS)

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