24 February 2012
A fresh batch of Filipino nurses and careworkers bound for Japan has started undergoing language training by theTechnical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to help themincrease their chances of employment.
TESDA Director Joel Villanueva said the 26nurses and 73 care workers will receive training in Japanese language and willundergo a course on local culture. The training started on January 27 and willlast until April 12 this year.
The 99 trainees represent the second batchof health professionals to undergo the TESDA language training. The first batch- 71 nurses and 60 care workers - took the training in July 2011 and arecurrently working in different health institutions in Japan.
The Monday to Saturday course will beheaded by 20 Japanese and nine Filipino lecturers.
"The training will expose our health professionals toJapanese language and culture to break the barrier when they go into theforeign land. This is TESDA's continuing commitment to them," Villanuevasaid.
After the TESDA training, the healthprofessionals will undergo further intensive training on language and culture,this time in the host country. They will be then deployed to differenthospitals in Japan for a three-year contract. During their stay, they may tryto take the Japanese board exams for their respective qualifications.
The TESDA chief said he is aware that thelocal language remains to be the greatest hurdle that Filipino healthprofessionals have to overcome when taking the Japanese nursing and care workerlicensure exams.
Because of this, Villanueva said TESDA hasfocused its training module on language and culture to give the healthprofessionals the leg up when they are deployed in various health institutionsin Japan and eventually attempt the licensure exam.
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