India-Japan: MoU on training of Skilled Workers

The Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Raj Kumar Singh, in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on February 12, 2021 has said that the Government of India and the Government of Japan signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in January, 2021 on training of the skilled workers.

Key facts

  • The MoC was signed on a basic framework of partnership.
  • It was signed for the proper operation of the system od “Specified Skilled Worker”.
  • As per the MoC, skilled Indian workers from fourteen sectors have been identified for the enhanced job opportunities in Japan.
  • These skilled Indian workers have been chosen from the sectors namely, building cleaning, nursing care, industrial machinery manufacturing industry, material processing industry, construction, electric and electronic information related industry, automobile maintenance, shipbuilding & ship-related industry, aviation, agriculture, lodging, food & beverages manufacturing industry, fisheries and food service industry.

India-Japan Cooperation on Skill Transfer

  • In November 2016, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) from India and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry from Japan had signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) for 10 years on “Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme”.
  • In the line, the Japanese Industry which is based in India has launched 13 Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing (JIMs) and five Japanese Endowed Course (JECs) under the Manufacturing Skill Transfer Programme.
  • Further in October 2017, MSDE and Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs from India and Ministry of Health, Labour & Welfare of Japan signed an MoC and invited candidates from India to Japan under Technical Intern Training Program (TITP).
  • This MoC on TITP was signed with aim of expanding the bilateral cooperation between India and Japan in the arena of skill development. It seeks to transform skill ecosystem of India by sending and accepting the technical interns from India to Japan.
  • Under TITP, India has sent 220 candidates to Japan in sectors ranging from construction, Agriculture, Manufacturing, and healthcare.

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