The governments of India and Japan have discussed the expansion of the Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP) memorandum of understanding (MoU). The signing of the India-Japan TITP MoU established a pathway for Indian and Japanese internship employment exchanges.
The two countries have considered improving bilateral technical exchanges to enhance skills development of youth in their respective countries.
What is the Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP)?
The government of Japan notes that ‘the Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP) is a work training programme providing employment opportunities for foreign nationals in Japan’.
TITP is administered by the Japan International Training Cooperation Organisation and its stated purpose is to provide training, technical skills and technology experience for workers from developing economies.
The government-run internship program was first established in 1993. Current participant countries in the programme include China, Vietnam, Philippines, and others.
India-Japan TITP MoU
The governments of India and Japan signing the TITP MoU facilitated the possibility of Indian technical interns gaining employments visas to go to Japan.
Once in Japan, the Indian interns can gain work placements, on-the-job training, and skilled internships, for a period ranging from 3 to 5 years.
Internship opportunities and developing skills
Kenji Hiramatsu, the Ambassador of Japan to India, met Mahendranath Pandey, the Union Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister of India, in New Delhi last week to discuss the co-operation between the two countries.
As part of their meeting, discussions were held regarding the possibility of speeding up Technical Internship Training Programme co-operation.
A government of India statement on the possible enhancement of the India-Japan TITP MoU noted: “India could witness more investment from Japan in the near future. Previously, Japan indicated its ambitions to increase the number of Japanese companies in India, and its will to empower the Indian youth with more technical skills.”
Under the enhanced scheme, the countries would implement a scheme at a larger scale as the governments observed that it had the potential to increase employment opportunities for youth.
Photo credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
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