About 60 Cambodian trainees will be recruited to study and work in Inuyama town in Japan by the Inuyama Chamber of Commerce in Japan, a decision made after the minister of labour met with the chairman of the chamber yesterday.
Hibino Ryotaro, chairman of the Inuyama Chamber of Commerce, told reporters after his meeting that next year his chamber will receive the trainees from Cambodia.
“The trainees have to study the Japanese language for six months before taking the exam to study and work in Japan,” he said, adding that when they complete the courses, they can continue to study in Japan.
He added that while studying, they can also work at jobs that will pay about $900 per month for 28 hours of work per week.
“We will start to recruit the trainees for the first class of 30 students that starts in April and we will do it with another 30 trainees in September,” Mr Ryotaro said. “We will find part-time jobs for those trainees while they are studying.”
Mr Ryotaro said that he knows Cambodians earn lower wages than Japanese labourers and he wants to help boost their incomes and knowledge.
Labour Minister Ith Samheng said that the Inuyama Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,000 companies that are members, meaning the Cambodian trainees will have easy access to work while studying.
“This is a great opportunity for Cambodian youth who are looking for jobs in Japan with a high income,” he said. “But before going to work in Japan, they need to know the Japanese language first and they have to get a pre-test before going.”
According to a Labour Ministry report, there are 76 recruitment agencies and two organizations that have licenses for recruiting, training and sending trainees to work in Japan.
It added that since 2007, Cambodia has sent 6,177 trainees to work in sectors such as agriculture, construction, food processing and garment factories.