The number of international students enrolled in vocational schools, universities, and other institutions that train care workers as of April 2018 was 1,142, which was double the number of last year, says a survey by the Japan Association of Training Institutions for Certified Care Workers.
This survey was conducted by looking at 365 vocational schools, universities, and other learning institutions in Japan that have care worker training courses. According to the survey, there was a total of 6,856 students including Japanese students entering these schools in April 2018, and 1 in 6 of these students were non-Japanese.
The largest number of international students come from Vietnam with 542 people, followed by China with 167, Nepal with 95, Indonesia with 70 and Philippines, 68.
The Japanese Government is currently expanding the acceptance of foreign laborers in the nursing care field which is in a serious shortage of workers. Furthermore, from September last year international students can get a resident status of “nursing” to study at vocational schools and other learning facilities for 2 years or more and then work in Japan after getting the national care worker qualification. These policies have brought good results, as the number of international students aiming at care nursing jobs is increasing sharply.
To support international students who want to become care workers, as of September 10th, the Japan Association of Training Institutions for Certified Care Workers has opened an official consulting service. If you are interested in these kinds of jobs, speaking with staff at this consulting service could be a good first step to make.
［Reference］The Japan Association of Training Institutions for Certified Care Workers
［Reference］The number of international students aiming to become care workers is over 1000; 1 in 6 students are now non-Japanese