Maritime and Aviation Training Fund
The $100 million Maritime and Aviation Training Fund (MATF) approved by the Legislative Council in January 2014 came into operation on 1 April 2014. In May 2019, $200 million was approved to be injected into the MATF to sustain and enhance existing training schemes and scholarships, as well for launching new initiatives for the maritime and aviation sectors. The aim is to build up in due course a vibrant, diversified and competitive pool of professionals and technical personnel to support Hong Kong’s future development in the two sectors.
The following Schemes operate under the MATF :
- Professional Training and Examination Refund Scheme (ProTERS)
Eligible applicants are refunded with 80% of the fees after completing approved courses or passing examinations. Please refer to the corresponding scheme details for the refund ceiling.
Aviation (Enhanced Scheme launched in June 2021)
Maritime (Enhanced Scheme launched on 1 September 2021)
- Maritime and Aviation Internship Scheme
The programme contributes up to 75% or $7,000 (with effect from 1 May 2019) (whichever is lower) towards each student’s monthly honorarium for an internship period up to three months.
Partial Tuition Refund Scheme for the Specialised Aircraft Maintenance Programme (NEW)
Eligible applicants undertaking the Higher Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering or Diploma in Vocational Education (Aircraft Maintenance) offered by the Vocational Training Council, and joining the aircraft maintenance industry after graduation are refunded 50% of the total tuition fee, subject to a cap of $50,000.
Aviation Operations Training Incentive Scheme (AOTIS)
Provides minimum monthly salary of $7,000 and monthly incentive allowance of $2,000 during the placement period for a maximum of 12 months, as well as the study allowance of $24,000, to the eligible applicants undertaking the Diploma in Aviation Operations offered by the Hong Kong International Aviation Academy, and joining the aviation industry after graduation.
- Local Vessel Trade Training Incentive Scheme (LVTTIS)
Provides a monthly allowance up to $30,000 for eligible deck or engine room ratings newly employed by the local vessel trade.
- Local Vessel Competency Enhancement Scheme (LVCES) (NEW)
Provides a one-off financial incentive of $12,000 to any holder of Coxswain/Engine Operator Grade 3 Certificate who passes the examination and successfully obtains the Coxswain/Engine Operator Grade 2 Certificate.
Sea-going Training Incentive Scheme (SGTIS)
Provides a monthly subsidy of $6,000 to deck or engineer cadets on ocean-going vessels for a maximum period of 18 months (for deck cadets) or 12 months (for engineer cadets) plus an examination subsidy.
Provides a monthly subsidy of $3,000 for a maximum period of 6 months to deck or engineer cadets who are preparing for the Marine Department Deck Officer Class 3 / Marine Engineer Officer Class 3 Examination ashore after the completion of cadetship.
Provides a monthly subsidy of $6,000 to holders of Deck Officer Class 3 / Marine Engineer Officer Class 3 Certificate of Competency issued by the Marine Department who are working in the relevant department on sea-going ships as cadets , for a maximum period of 6 months.
Ship Repair Training Incentive Scheme (SRTIS)
Provides a monthly subsidy of $3,000 (with effect from 1 April 2018) to eligible graduates of the Vocational Training Council who have enrolled for apprenticeship in the ship repair industry for a maximum period of 36 months.
The University of Hong Kong (HKU) – Dalian Maritime University (DMU) Academic Collaboration Scheme
Scholarships for selected DMU students to undertake the Master of Common Law course at HKU and supports students and in-service practitioners to undertake summer courses and professional seminars. For details, please contact the Faculty of Law, HKU at 3917 2951.
Hong Kong Aviation Scholarship Scheme
Scholarship for selected students of aviation-related degree or higher degree programmes of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong International Aviation Academy, the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education and UOW College Hong Kong.
Overseas Exchange Sponsorship Scheme
Provides financial support ($30,000–$50,000) to undergraduates or postgraduates of selected maritime-related disciplines in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the City University of Hong Kong to attend overseas exchange maritime-related courses. For detailed information, please contact the university concerned.
Hong Kong Nautical and Maritime Scholarship Scheme
Scholarships for selected students of the Bachelor of Business Administration in International Shipping and Transport Logistics Programme of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The Scheme consists of two prongs-
(i) “Seafaring Scholarship”
(ii) “Maritime Scholarship”
The University of Hong Kong (HKU) – Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) Academic Collaboration Scheme
Scholarships for selected SMU students to undertake the Master of Common Law course at HKU. For details, please contact the Faculty of Law, HKU at 3917 2951.
For enquiries, please email to email@example.com or call the MATF hotline 3509 7261.