More Vietnamese nurses recruited to work in Japan

The Department for Overseas Labour Management on October 20 announced the recruitment of 180 nurses and orderlies to work in Japan as part of the Vietnam-Japan economic partnership agreements (EPA).

Selected candidates will take part in a one-year Japanese-language course, starting in mid-December this year. All expenses for tuition and accommodation are covered, while the cost of health check-ups and passport applications need to be carried by the successful candidates. 

Deputy Head of the Department for Overseas Labour Management under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Tong Hai Nam said his department was the only one permitted to partner with Japan to implement the programme. 

He warned that no human resources enterprises or individuals were authorised to carry out this programme, so prospective employees should research carefully and only apply to the government-approved programme. 

Applicants for the position as orderly are required to hold a university degree, while candidates for nurse positions must have at least two years’ professional experience and a practice certificate issued by the Ministry of Health. 

Successful candidates will be able to take examinations for Japan’s national certificates, and if they pass, they can work in the country in the long-term. 

For more information, prospective applicants should contact the department at No.41B, Ly Thai To Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi , or online at . 

Japan has one of the world’s most rapidly aging populations. In ten years’ time, the country will need up to 600,000 nurses and orderlies to take care of its elderly. 

In 2012, 138 candidates were selected to participate in a similar programme and worked in Japanese hospitals and sanatoriums. 

Vietnam is the third country to cooperate with Japan in this field, after the Philippines and Indonesia.