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Japan – Altech opens vocational training facility in Myanmar

28 November 2018

Japanese technical staffing firm Altech has launched a high-level vocational training facility in Myanmar to help meet Japan's manpower needs, focusing on the elderly care and agriculture sectors.

The vocational training facility, known as the Alps Giken High Grade Vocational Training Institute is managed by the Greater Mekong Initiative, an organisation established in 2006 to support young people in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region encompassing Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam as well as southern China.

According to Kyodo News, the institute aims to produce skilled labour through a one-year program, that teaches skills in Japanese language, nursing care and agriculture.

After candidates complete the training program, Altech will select qualified workers from among the trainees for employment in its workplaces in Japan with a three-year contract providing the basic salary of 180,000 yen (USD 1,581) and above per month.

Japan has been facing a labour crunch due to a shrinking and aging population. Earlier this year the government announced plans to ease restrictions on unskilled foreign workers in order to alleviate labour shortages.

Toshio Matsui, chairman of Altech, said Myamar can become a “potential source of relief” for Japan’s labour market.

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