Japan-bound caregivers urged to take skills assessment

Posted at 07/08/14 11:03 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is urging caregivers seeking employment in Japan to undergo competency assessment.

Japan is allowing Filipino nurses and caregivers to work in the country under the Framework for the Movement of Natural Persons of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).

"There is a window of opportunity for stable jobs abroad, and we want to take this opportunity," TESDA director general Joel Villanueva said in a statement.

Graduates of caregiving courses are urged to visit TESDA-accredited assessment centers and provincial/district offices nationwide to undergo the competency assessment, which will be the basis for the issuance of the National Certificate (NC). The assessment fee is P400.

One of the requirements for applicant caregivers is the TESDA certification.

"The National Certificate represents the seal of excellence, which says that our workers can deliver quality work," Villanueva said.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) recently announced that it is now accepting qualified applicants for nurses and caregivers for deployment in Japan under the JPEPA.

Applicants for the nursing positions must be a graduate of Nursing, with Board License, at least three years hospital experience, preferably 20 to 35 years old and must be medically and psychologically fit to work.

For caregivers, the requirements are: Graduate from any four-year course and certified as a caregiver by TESDA; graduate of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (under board) or any allied profession; preferably 20 to 35 years old and must be medically and psychologically fit to work.

TESDA has also assisted Japan-bound nurses and caregivers by giving them language and culture training, in cooperation with the Japanese government.