Manila, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has set the guidelines for accepting Filipino care workers for the Technical Intern Training Program in Japan.
The following guidelines shall be followed in the recruitment for care workers in Japan.
For care worker job category, those who will be accepted as care worker intern can be engaged in duties such as
- providing services under the Child Welfare law; l
- aw on Comprehensive Support for the Daily Lives and Social Lives of Persons with Disabilities;
- Elderly and Long-Term Care Insurance law;
- Public Assistance law;
- and other services, such as for community welfare center, work accident special nursing home business, hospitals, and clinics.
The trainee must be
- at least 18 years old,
- must have at least one (1) year work experience in the ‘Care Worker’ industry or in similar professions, whether abroad or locally, and
- must be a first-time participant of the program
- Caregiving NC II Certification from TESDA – Accredited training center or 4-year Bachelor’s Degree in healthcare related course for applicants who lack related work experience. Present authenticated copies of diploma and transcript of records.
- Passing the N4 Level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) or its practical test equivalence;
- a score of 350 or more in the E-F Level test or 400 or more in the A-D test of the J Test (Test of Practical Japanese) implemented by the Japan Language Examination Association; and
- passing at least level 4 of the Japanese Language NAT-TEST.
To qualify for the 2nd year of the training, an intern should have either the following:
- passing N3 Level of the JLPT;
- scoring 400 or more in the A-D test of the J. Test, or
- passing at least level 3 of the Japanese Language NAT-TEST within the 1st year of training in Japan.
Trainee care workers who failed to pass the N3 level within one year of the training will be disqualified to complete the program and will be repatriated back to the Philippines in accordance with Japanese regulations..
Meanwhile, the trainee is eligible for a 1-month mandatory vacation in the Philippines before he/she can proceed with his 4th year of training in Japan. (Source)
Japan is set to hire 300-1200 Filipino care workers starting this month. Formulation of job contracts will follow after the guidelines were laid out. Job orders will then follow which will be released through POEA-licensed recruitment agencies.