Biggest batch of Japan-bound nurses, caregivers to undergo Japanese language training

November 11, 2015 7:34 am 

By Filane Mikee Z. Cervantes

MANILA, Nov. 10 (PNA) — A total of 354 Japan-bound nurses and caregivers will undergo six months of Japanese language training in preparation for employment next year.

The 8th batch of candidate nurses and caregivers bound for Japan is the biggest batch since the beginning of the program under the legality of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).

“This simply shows the higher demand for Filipino nurses and careworkers in the growing aging society of Japan,” said Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa during the opening ceremony of the preparatory Japanese language training held at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Women’s Center in Taguig City.

TESDA Deputy Director General Irene Isaac was also present in the ceremony.

This training is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the governments of Japan and the Philippines that have provided Japanese language instructors and training venues, respectively.

The candidate nurses and caregivers will undergo six months of preparatory training at three different venues namely, the Language Skills Institute at TESDA, the Nihongo Center Foundation, Inc., and the PAD Foundation Inc.

In addition, they will go through another six months of Japanese language training in Japan once they depart in June 2016.

"Your proficiency in the (Japanese) language is essential for your work and life in Japan as well as your passing the national examination,” Ishikawa stressed to the candidates.

The candidates will receive further assistance particularly in passing the Japanese Licensure Examination even after they enter and work in Japan. (PNA)

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