Japan to Expand Grants to Increase Certified Care Workers

Economy Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 16 (Jiji Press)--Japan's welfare ministry plans to expand grants to make it easier for people with elderly nursing care experience to take training necessary to gain care worker certifications, officials said Thursday.

The ministry will revise an employment insurance subsidy program for people who take work-related training. Following the change, seen taking effect in April next year, those eligible will receive grants worth up to 70 pct of the costs for taking practitioner training, or up to 560,000 yen per year.

The move is aimed at encouraging career advances of care workers and reducing personnel turnover amid manpower shortages in the country.

To be a certified care worker, applicants need to pass a national examination after graduating from educational institutions, including universities, two-year colleges and vocational schools, or working as a caregiver for at least three years.

Applicants of the latter type need to take 450 hours of practitioner training, including on the country's nursing care insurance system, to take a national exam.

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