Representatives of TESDA and the Japan International Training Cooperation Organization (JITCO) recently signed a revised Record of Discussion on the Skills and Technology Transfer Project that conforms to the latest revisions of the Japan Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.
TESDA and JITCO agreed to, among others, promote the dispatch and acceptance of Filipino technical job interns, and facilitate skills transfer.
For its part, TESDA is responsible for the selection of technical interns and the selection and accreditation of sending organizations. It will also provide information to JITCO on technical trends, workers’ qualifications system, and Philippine education and training system.
JITCO, on the other hand, will continually inform TESDA on the scope of the technical internships and number of interns admitted to the program.
Last year, 2,896 trainees were dispatched for training and internship to Japan, according to TESDA-JITCO deputy project director Buen Mondejar. This is 20 percent lower than the 2008 record of 3,317 trainees. The decrease, according to Mondejar, is due the current global financial crisis which also hit hard some of the accepting companies.
The top performing sending companies include the Foundation for Advancement of Skills Technology (FAST), Interskills Development Foundation, Inc., Cebu Project and Skills Information Exchange Foundation, Inc., Ocean Bridge and Arc Foundation, Inc., and Total Opportunities Foundation, Inc.
Sending organizations reported to TESDA that the major problems they encountered
in the dispatch of Filipino technical interns in Japan are run-away or abscond of trainees, violation of company rules and regulations, and lack of proficiency in Nihonggo language among the trainees.
Qualified trainees for the TESDA-JITCO Skills and Technology Transfer Project are natural-born Filipino citizens, 18-40 years old, high school graduate, and holder of a TESDA national competency certificate.
The prospective intern must also have completed basic skills training in his trade or occupation, physically fit, currently employed and duly nominated by his employer in the Philippines.
The TESDA-JITCO project is a private arrangement between Philippine and Japan companies for the training of Filipino industry workers through the update and acquisition of new skills and technologies.