Technical Intern Training Program

Construction

Information on Foreign Construction Workers

The Public Notice on Foreign Construction Worker Acceptance Business was promulgated by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism on August 13, 2014 and guidelines were publicly released on November 11, 2014. Links to various materials relating to this business on the Ministry website have been created, and those linked are below.

Trainees who have completed the Technical Intern Training Program are eligible for foreign construction worker acceptance business, but the status of residence granted is “specified activities” or other and the program is separate from the Technical Intern Training Program. Accordingly, please inquire with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for details.

Emergency Measures Relating to the Use of Foreign Human Resources in Construction Fields (Foreign Construction Worker Acceptance Business) can be found here (in Japanese only)

Information on transfer from the Technical Intern Training Program in construction fields to construction worker can be found here (in Japanese only).

Features of the Construction Group

Roles

The Construction Group conducts consultations and provides advice and guidance on problem areas and so on relating to acceptance in order to promote correct understanding of the Technical Intern Training Program by related organizations so that they can properly and efficiently implement the Technical Intern Training Program in the construction industry.

Details of Operations

  • Support and advice for the proper implementation of the Technical Intern Training Program sought by JITCO
  • Consultations by specialist staff members regarding inquiries from construction industry associations, supervising organizations, and implementing organizations

Conceptual Diagram of the Features of the JITCO Construction Group

Supervising Organizations

  • Non-profit societies of commerce and industry, small business associations, and so on that are able to accept technical intern trainees pursuant to supervising organization type technical intern training

Implementing Organizations

  • Member enterprises or association member enterprises under the umbrella of a supervising organization that enter into employment agreements with technical intern trainees and carry out technical intern training for the purpose of the acquisition of Skills etc. by technical intern trainees under the responsibility and supervision of a supervising organization
  •  * In the case of acceptance pursuant to individual enterprise type technical intern training, the implementing organization must perform the roles of both the supervising organization and the implementing organization.

Achieving Success in Acceptance of Technical Intern Trainees

Main Requirements of Supervising Organizations

Supervision of activities intended for the acquisition of Skills etc. by technical intern trainees is performed under the responsibility and supervision of non-profit organizations.

  • Operation of technical intern training with public assistance and so on from the national government or local public bodies, etc.
  • Officers conduct audits of implementing organizations at least once every three months.
  • Measures are taken to respond to consultations from technical intern trainees.
  • New implementing organizations are secured when continuation of technical intern training is no longer possible.
  • When supervision fees are collected, the amounts and uses are disclosed to technical intern trainees who pay those fees before accepting technical intern trainees.
  • Accreditation of technical intern training plans must be obtained from the Organization for Technical Intern Training.
  • Officers or employees visit implementing organizations and provide guidance at least once each month during the activity period of technical intern training (i)(b).
  • Classroom courses are conducted for technical intern trainees immediately after they arrive in Japan.

    • -The total number of hours is at least one-sixth the total planned activity period for the technical intern training (i)(b), or at least one-twelfth in cases where technical intern trainees take courses implemented outside of Japan by the supervising organization for at least one month and at least 160 hours.
    • -Technical intern training facilities are secured.
    • -Technical intern training records are prepared and retained for one year from the day that technical intern trainees complete the technical intern training.
  • In cases where technical intern trainees return to their home countries upon completion of their activities, a report is made to the Regional Immigration Bureau.
  • Measures are taken to secure travel expenses for technical intern trainees to return to their home countries.
  • Revenues are not received for mediation regarding technical intern training.
  • Sending organizations, supervising organizations, implementing organizations, and mediating organizations do not enter into any agreements with one another regarding penalties and so on relating to the technical intern training.
  • Lodging facilities are secured for technical intern trainees.
  • * For details, refer to the Introduction to the New Technical Intern Training Program.

Main Requirements of Implementing Organizations

Implementing organizations are in the position of taking actions for the acquisition of Skills etc. by technical intern trainees and are required to pay detailed attention to lifestyle management and so on and to effectively carry out the technical intern training.

  • Sending organizations, supervising organizations, implementing organizations, and mediating organizations do not enter into any agreements with one another regarding penalties and so on relating to the technical intern training.
  • Lodging facilities are secured for technical intern trainees.
  • Before technical intern trainees begin the acquisition of Skills etc., notice is provided of the formation of a worker’s compensation insurance relationship and technical intern trainees are enrolled in health insurance and so on pursuant to relevant laws and regulations.
  • Pursuant to the Industrial Safety and Health Law, persons other than those who have obtained licenses or technical intern trainees who have acquired qualifications such as completion of technical courses are not permitted to engage in safety and health training conducted at the time of hiring, special training conducted in cases where technical intern trainees perform hazardous work, and restricted work, and appropriate safety and health management including implementation of health examinations is performed.
  • Technical intern trainee remuneration is at least equal to the remuneration paid in the case where a Japanese worker performs the same work.
  • Technical intern training is conducted under the supervision of technical intern training instructors (persons with at least five years of experience regarding the Skills etc. to be acquired).
  • A fulltime living guidance instructor is appointed to the worksite.
  • Technical intern training journals are prepared and retained for at least one year from the day of completion of the technical intern training.
  • * For details, refer to the Introduction to the New Technical Intern Training Program.

Main Requirements of Sending Organizations

Sending organizations perform recruiting, screening, and recommendation of technical intern trainees and conduct prior courses, and therefore, it is important that sending organizations be familiar with local conditions.

  • When recruiting and screening technical intern trainees, appropriate technical intern trainees are selected through local interviews and so on conducted in cooperation with supervising organizations.
  • Sending organizations do not recruit technical intern trainees as low-cost workers and send them to Japan.
  • When conducting prior courses, they are implemented based on adequate collaboration with supervising organizations.
  • Collection of deposits from technical intern trainees and their families is prohibited.
  • Providing for penalties relating to non-performance of employment agreements with technical intern trainees is prohibited.
  • Sending organizations, supervising organizations, implementing organizations, and mediating organizations do not enter into any agreements with one another regarding penalties and so on relating to the technical intern training.
  • Sending organizations conduct follow-ups regarding whether technical intern trainees are employed in work using the Skills etc. that they acquired in Japan after returning to their home countries.

To the Construction Industry, General Contractors, and Construction Specialty Organizations:

The understanding of the construction industry, general contractors, construction specialty organizations, and the construction industry as a whole is essential for appropriate and successful acceptance of technical intern trainees.

The Technical Intern Training Program is intended for the transfer of Skills etc. to technical intern trainees and development of the human resources who will play important roles in the economic development of their home countries, and therefore, the program plays an important role in Japan’s international cooperation and international contribution.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism issues notices regarding the prevention of unlawful labor and has called for the understanding and cooperation of all related parties regarding on-site acceptance of foreign technical intern trainees.

Distinguishing between Foreign Technical Intern Trainees and Unlawful Laborers

Matters to Be Confirmed in Advance
by the General Contractor
Method of Confirmation
Residency period and status of residence Passport, residence card
Implementing organization, occupations, etc. Accreditation of the technical intern training plan,
Technical intern training plan, Application form of accreditation
Technical intern training instructor
(assigned full-time to the worksite)
List of employees, Accreditation of the technical intern training plan,
Technical intern training plan, Application form of accreditation

Achieving Appropriate Implementation

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Notifications
Appropriate Implementation of Training and the Technical Intern Training Program

This notification requires proper implementation of training and the Technical Intern Training Program.

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism General Coordination Notification No. 131 of January 10, 2008 (in Japanese Only)

Effective Implementation of Training of Foreign Nationals and Technical Intern Training in Construction Industry Fields

This notification requires understanding by and thoroughly informing general contractors via construction industry trade organizations regarding training of foreign nationals and the Technical Intern Training Program on an ongoing basis.

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism General Notice No. 62 of September 10, 2001 (in Japanese only)

This notification requires that consideration be given to training of foreign trainees and technical intern trainees at construction worksites.

Ministry of Construction General Notice No. 85 of December 15, 2000 (in Japanese Only)

Preventing Unlawful Labor by Foreign Nationals

This notification prohibits employment in construction of foreign nationals who entered Japan unlawfully and calls for increased understanding regarding foreign trainees and technical intern trainees who entered Japan lawfully.

Ministry of Construction Labor Division Notice No. 18 of May 31, 2000 (in Japanese Only)

Application for a License to Enter Construction Worksites

When a technical intern trainee enters a general contractor worksite, related parties are required to understand the program and efficiently operate the program including submission of an Application for License to Enter Construction Worksite.
In conjunction with the new program coming into effect, document formats compatible with the old program were reviewed and simplified, so please download the documents for use. The document formats are not specified by statute, and therefore, the application formats and required documents may differ depending on the general contractor or worksite, so consult with the organization to which the application will be submitted and make appropriate corrections to the Attached Documents column and so on before use.

Application for License to Enter Construction Worksite(New program implementation date: Use beginning on November 1, 2017) (in Japanese only)

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