To alleviate the labor shortages due to an aging population, Japan resorted to creating a Technical Intern Training Program that benefits the neighboring countries, including the Philippines. The chief purpose of this program is not only to address the workforce crisis in Japan but also, to transfer skills and knowledge to the countries with whom they have a bilateral agreement.
According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA, there are 77 major job categories under the Technical Intern Training Programme or TITP available for Filipino workers in Japan.
However, those only Filipinos who qualified as Technical Intern Trainees can benefit from this program. Then, they will undergo training and internship, which will be conducted by the Japan International Training Cooperation Organization or JITCO.
Furthermore, Filipino applicants are required to study the Japanese language (Nihongo) and culture, otherwise, he or she will not pass in the qualifying process. Below are the lists of pre-qualifications as a Filipino intern Trainee of JITCO.
To know more about how you can get jobs in Japan even without having a degree, please refer to the article below.
Also, if you want to know why passing JLPT is essential in getting great opportunities abroad in Japan. Please read the following article.
Pre-Qualifications for Filipino Intern Trainee
- Filipino citizen (male/female)
- 18-40 years of age At least High School Graduate
- Certified as having an actual training course in Japanese language, work ethics, Japanese cross-culture and traditions
- Trade Test Certificate Holder
- Never been to Japan
- Currently employed in the Philippines
- Physically and Mentally Fit
During the last day of the training period, a Japanese employer will select qualified trainees. The selected trainees will report to the office to get the list of requirements. Then, they’ll begin preparing the documents for the Letter Of Recommendation or LOR.
Before they can proceed to Nihongo language training, they must complete all the documents for the preparatory program. And after they finished the training, they can start processing the visa, and for the latter part is the processing of Overseas Employment Exit Clearance (OEC).
Here are some in-demand jobs under TITP:
After the first batch of professional housekeepers has been successfully deployed they continue to train more interns due to the demand. The Japanese government plans to offer housekeeping jobs in some other prefectures in Japan aside from Kanagawa.
Many Filipinos becoming more interested in this job, mainly because the location is not too far from the country, and the compensation is quite higher compared to the other countries, like in the Middle-East. But first, the applicant must undergo training which is free of charge.
Qualifications for Housekeepers:
- At least 23 years old
- with a minimum one (1) year working experience in housekeeping services
- TESDA NC II certification
- With Japanese language competency, at least N4 level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), for housekeepers who will engage in daily life care and necessary protection of children which includes picking up and dropping off children.
Thousands of jobs will be open for Filipino workers this year under the TITP, including caregiver jobs. Japan’s top pick country for caregivers is the Philippines. According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA, Japan will hire 300 to 1,000 Filipino caregivers in a few months.
Japan provides training facilities in the Philippines, to help those who want to become caregivers. The possible salary is around 70,000 pesos per month, free Japanese language training, and there is no placement fee.
Qualifications for Caregivers:
- Willing to learn Nihongo and passed JLPT N4 toN3 (NAT or JTEST)
- must have TESDA Caregiving NC II
- must have 2 years experience or graduate of a 4 year Bachelor Degree related to healthcare (must have one-year relevant experience)
The country’s construction industry progressively needs foreign workers, clearly defined why it is one of the in-demand jobs for Filipinos in Japan. Going back to 2017, the Philippines and Japan mutually agreed to conduct further training for unskilled Filipino construction workers. The agreement allows Japan to hire 30 percent of the trained workers as they are experiencing a temporary increased demand in the construction industry due to the Olympic and Paralympic Games preparations.
To qualify for the training, a Filipino construction worker must possess the following qualifications.
Qualifications for construction workers:
- Must have at least 2 to 3 years of working experience in the construction industry.
- Candidates must have at least a High School diploma.
To know more about construction jobs in Japan particularly the scaffolding jobs, please read “Construction in Japan – Scaffolding Jobs” article.
Other Jobs Under TITP
- Hotel and Restaurant staff
- English tutor
- Electrical job
- And more…
Once both parties (Japan and the Philippines) signed the memorandum of understanding or MOU then, they will start deploying more skilled, and semi-skilled workers in Japan.
Work Available in Japan with POEA Job Order
- Maintenance (automobile)
- Manufacturing work
- Car Seat Sewer
- and more…
Safety Precautions to Avoid Illegal Recruitment
- You should only deal with POEA-accredited recruitment agencies.
- Beware of illegal recruiters who are attracting more applicants by using the names of other licensed agencies.
- Do not transact business outside. The transaction must be done inside the POEA-registered office address only.
- You should verify the job using the official website if it has a POEA-approved job order.
- You should be cautious when engaging with online and blind job ads recruitment agencies. Do not transfer money. During the application phase, they are not allowed to collect fees.
- You must avoid recruiters that offering faster deployment because of their connections in the Immigration Office at the airport.
If you are planning to work in Japan, it is very important to avoid illegal recruitment. The above mentioned are necessary precautionary measures and guidelines to find a legitimate job abroad.
After some negative reports about this Intern Training Program in Japan, the Japanese government implemented a new visa category, which is the Specified Skills Visa.
On the other hand, many Filipinos who have ended the internship program are currently stranded in Japan due to the pandemic crisis. However, the government allowed stranded interns to switch jobs. For more details on how to switch jobs, you can read this “How Can Technical Interns Stranded In Japan Switch Jobs?” article.
For those Filipinos who have a valid visa with eligibility to work part-time particularly those living in the busiest city, Tokyo, you may check the list of in-demand part-time jobs in this article “Part-time Jobs in Tokyo for Foreign Nationals.”