Japan will spend about $3 million building a new centre for training Cambodian nurses in how to take care of the elderly before being sent to Japan.
The centre will open in April.
Kondo Yoshio, the director of Procast Co, Ltd, said after meeting with Labour Minister Ith Samheng on Thursday that the institute will be located in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district.
“In the first year, we plan to train 180 Cambodian nurses and are creating a scholarship for trainees, which is why we are trying to find partners to sponsor the training,” Mr Yoshio said.
The training will last two years and include skills in taking care of the elderly, information technology, psychology and the Japanese language.
“After training from six months to a year, trainees who can speak Japanese will be sent to work in Japan,” Mr Yoshio said.
“We want to make Cambodia a country that has human resources and skills to take care of the elderly.”
Mr Samheng told reporters this would be the first institute for training Cambodian nurses in taking care of the elderly and thanked the Japanese government for its support.
“The institute will open in April and the teachers come from Japan,” he said.
Full story in Friday’s paper.