The Japan International Training Cooperation Organization (JITCO) is a public interest incorporated foundation that was jointly established in 1991 by the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for the purpose of contributing to the smooth implementation and appropriate expansion of the Technical Intern Training and training Programs. It became a public interest incorporated foundation under the jurisdiction of the Cabinet Office in April 2012.
JITCO conducts various support services, such as holding seminars, conducting individual consultations, and developing and providing teaching materials, as a program-wide general support organization for everyone involved in the program, including supervising organizations, implementing organizations, and sending organizations, while also conducting training courses for supervisors at supervising organizations and technical intern training managers at implement organizations, as the training organization designated by the competent ministers by public notice.
JITCO as a General Support Organization
The Technical Intern Training Act has been in force since November 2017, principally to ensure the proper implementation of the Technical Intern Training Program and the protection of technical intern trainees, as the number of technical intern trainees has been increasing and sending countries have been diversifying in recent years.
As a general support organization for the Technical Intern Training Program, JITCO supports everyone involved with the program, including supervising organizations, implementing organizations, and sending organizations, by holding seminars and training session, conducting individual consultations, and developing and providing educational materials, etc. based upon the five support areas of “intake,” “procedures,” “sending,” “staff development,” and “protection of trainees.”
JITCO as a Training Organization
In the new Technical Intern Training Program, which is based on the Technical Intern Training Act, (1) Supervisors, which carry out supervision activities in each workplace for supervising organizations, (2) designated external directors and external auditors that are established to ensure appropriate conduct of supervision activities by supervising organizations, and (3) technical intern training technical training managers that are selected by each workplace that carries out technical training as an implementing organization, must each undertake training conducted by the “training organization” that is designated as appropriate by the competent ministers by public notice once every three years. Furthermore, although training attendance is optional for staff apart from supervisors that are in charge of auditing at supervising organizations, as well as technical intern training instructors and living guidance instructors at implementing organizations, it is recommended as it is one of the factors that is considered when judging excellent supervising organizations and implementing organizations.
JITCO provides training as the training organization that has been designated by the competent ministers by public notice.