Dhaka will tomorrow sign a memorandum of cooperation with Tokyo on recruitment of technical interns from Bangladesh by Japan.
Officials in Dhaka and Tokyo told New Age on Saturday that expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry secretary Namita Halder, who is now in Tokyo, would sign the MoC on January 29 on behalf of the Bangladesh government.
A senior EWOE ministry official said that with signing the deal with the Japanese government, job opportunities for Bangladeshis, particularly for caregivers, technical interns and young IT professionals would widen.
Technical interns, being workers in different trades, earn money while getting training at the Japanese industries to improve their skills, the official said.
Currently Japan is also taking technical interns from Bangladesh under a memorandum of understanding signed between the expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry of Bangladesh and Japanese recruiting agency IM Japan in March last year.
During their five-year apprenticeship, a technical intern is paid a monthly wage varying between $1,100 and $1,200.
Their contracts require the technical interns to return to Bangladesh with better skills and good amounts of money with which they can start their own ventures, said EWOE officials.
In 2017, Japan took at least 145 technical interns from Bangladesh, according to the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training.
BMET director general Salim Reza earlier told New Age that Japan agreed to recruit skilled manpower from Bangladesh following visits to Tokyo by a number of delegations from Bangladesh, including one led by expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam.
He said that manpower was being sent to Japan in batches after providing training to them.
Bangladesh embassy’s labour wing officials in Tokyo said that demand for caregivers was rising in Japan with the number of elderly people increasing there.
As of 2016, Japan’s Ministry of Justice recorded 12,374 Bangladeshi nationals among the total population of registered foreigners in Japan.
Most of the Bangladeshis who are currently working and studying in Japan are highly skilled manpower, said the officials.
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