About 1,000 Bangladeshi technical interns are set to receive trainings in Japan under an apprenticeship and entrepreneurship training programme as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries were signed on Wednesday.
Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain and Executive Chairman of IM Japan Kyoei Yanagisawa signed the MoU at Probashi Kalyan Bhaban here on Wednesday.
Director General Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training Begum Shamsun Nahar and senior executive director of the IM Japan Kazuo Tsubota signed another MoU to provide training to technical interns in Bangladesh.
After signing the MoUs, minister Mosharraf said the youths of Bangladesh will receive technical training in Japan and the training could play an important role in the national economy utilising their expertise to be acquired in Japan after taking training there for three years.
“Japan will gradually increase recruiting 2,000 Bangladesh interns for training programmes,” he said.
IM Japan executive chairman Kyoei Yanagisawa said they would send the technical interns for the construction and manufacturing sectors in Japan.
The total cost of travel will be borne by Japanese company, he said.
The ministry will conduct a pre-departure training for at least four months in Bangladesh to prepare the candidates to acquire knowledge of the Japanese language, customs and manners in Japan.
On their arrival in Japan, the IM Japan will conduct the collective training course for one month for the technical interns. Then the interns will be engaged in employment for 11 months as per a contract between technical interns and an accepting company.
The technical interns who will successfully complete one years of training will be eligible to receive technical training for two years.
Each intern shall be paid 80,000 Japanese Yen per month on a fixed date as training allowance during the collective training course.
Each technical intern shall receive a wage from accepting companies in monthly amount in accordance with labour standard law in Japan.
The technical interns who will successfully complete three-year participation in the training programme will receive resources for business encouragement after their return to Bangladesh in an amount equivalent to Japanese six hundred thousand Yen as a fund for reinstatement, employment or new business startup.
– UNB, Dhaka