Subsidies should be given to employers who provide job training for the unemployed, government welfare advisers have suggested. Social Welfare Advisory Committee chairman Peter Wong Hong-yuen proposed that, in return, workers would not receive full wages for about two to three months until their efficiency was satisfactory. 'We shouldn't only focus on the resources invested in retraining,' Mr Wong said. 'It's important that the retraining should lead to jobs. 'Subsidies can be provided for the employers to train workers on the job.' Mr Wong said in some countries, such as Canada, similar schemes were quite successful. Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions vice-chairman Leung Fu-wah agreed in principle, but said he was worried there were not enough positions available. Deputy Secretary for Health and Welfare Ho Wing-him promised to discuss the issue with the Education and Manpower Bureau and the Labour Department. 'The Government is already running supported employment services for the disabled,' Mr Ho said. Committee members also urged the Government to disclose calculations for the proposed cut in public assistance for big families. Under the review of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance scheme, families of three and four will have payments slashed by 10 per cent and 20 per cent respectively from next April. Mr Ho promised to provide updated figures and more information in the next committee meeting on January 15. Public consultation on the review ends on January 20.