Demand soars for training courses
More people sought re-training as joblessness increased last year, figures released yesterday show.
The Employees' Retraining Board said more than 91,000 people had signed up for its courses between April and December last year, a rise of more than 50 per cent over the same period in 1997.
More than three-quarters of the 57,000 people who finished their courses were women. Most were aged from 30 to 49 and had completed Form Four or Five.
Computer studies was the most popular subject, with more than 26,000 people - 28 per cent up from the previous year - completing the course.
Other popular programmes included clerical training, security and property management and domestic work.
About 1,000 people took part in programmes tailor-made by employers.
'The employment situation of our graduates is quite satisfactory,' said the board.
'But employment for graduates of clerical training has dropped as vacancies in this field have declined, but more people with high qualifications joined to compete.'