Japan offers poor Vietnamese youths free training courses

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Poor Vietnamese youths will be given free Japanese and career skills courses, according to an agreement signed last week between Vietnam's Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs and the Japanese International Manpower Development Organization (IM Japan).

The program, which will include an entrance test, provides the poor youths with free accommodation and meals during the six-months of training.

Students who finish all courses and pass the final exam will be given a certificate and a three-year internship course in Japan.

After that the IM Japan will support students with 600,000 yens (US$6,151) each to help them reintegrate into the Vietnamese workforce and build their own career.

Those who want to work for Japanese firms in Vietnam will be introduced to those companies through the Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs and the IM Japan.

The IM Japan has raised 15 million yens ($154,000) for this year's free training program, which the organization aims to make anual.

Nguyen Ngoc Quynh, head of Vietnam's Overseas Labor Management Department, said the program will first be piloted in some specific areas and will broaden later depending on funding.

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