As many as 180 Vietnamese nurses and orderlies are participating in a Japanese language training course which began on December 9 in the northern province of Hung Yen, to prepare to work in Japan in 2015.

Jointly organised by the Overseas Labour Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) and the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam, the course will last 12 months.

It is organised under a cooperative agreement on training nurses and orderlies signed by the Vietnam Nurses’ Association and Asian Human Power (AHP) of Japan, under the Vietnam-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (VJEPA) signed on December 25, 2008.

Upon graduating from the course, candidates can work in Japanese hospitals and sanatoriums for three years (for nurses) and four years (for orderlies).

During the time of contracts, they can sit examinations to gain Japan ’s national certificate and if they pass, they can work long-term in the country.

In 2012, about 150 nurses and orderlies were selected to participate in a similar course and they will leave for Japan in February next year.

Japan has one of the most rapidly ageing populations in the world. In the next ten years, the country will need up to 600,000 nurses and nurses’ aides to take care of elderly people; hence the great demand to recruit from Vietnam.

Vietnam is the third country after the Philippines and Indonesia to cooperate with Japan in the exchange of nurses and orderlies.

The agreement provides a good chance for Vietnamese nurses and orderlies to be trained and stationed in a professional overseas working environment, thus improving their qualifications.-VNA