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News / 2020.10.29

YOLO JAPAN's new service, "YOLO Academia," provides human resource support for the nursing care industry that is in need of more workers

It is now possible to send out foreigners who will be able to obtain initial qualifications at a low cost and in a short period of time

YOLO JAPAN Co., Ltd. (CEO: Taisuke Kaji, Osaka Headquarters: Naniwa ward, Osaka, hereinafter "YOLO JAPAN"), which operates one of Japan's largest media platforms with a membership of over 160,000 foreign residents from 226 countries, will contribute to solving a serious problem in the nursing care industry, which is a lack of workers. Through "YOLO Academia," YOLO JAPAN will work to solve this problem by securing human resources and training them.

According to a study conducted by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, there will be a shortage of about 340,000 workers in the nursing care industry by 2025. Additionally, according to a nursing care survey that was conducted by the Care Work Foundation in 2020, 65% answered that there was a shortage of nursing care workers. 90% said that the reason for the shortage is because of "difficulties in hiring new personnel." Furthermore, because of difficulties in accepting foreigners with specific skills visas and technical intern trainees as a result of immigration restrictions due to the spread of the current coronavirus pandemic, we can see that the growth in the number of new nursing care staff is slow.

Therefore, in order to solve the problem of the shortage of workers in the nursing care field, YOLO JAPAN has created an employee training service provided for workers at the time of joining a company called "YOLO Academia," and has started sending out foreign workers who have received training equivalent to that of those who have qualifications to start working as a care worker.

The training service provided by "YOLO Academia" includes 100 hours of training for foreign workers at the time of their hiring. By doing so, these workers who will work in the nursing care field receive training that is  equivalent to that of the minimum required initial certification. Furthermore, a total of 30 hours of assignments will be prepared in order to satisfy the requirement to take the test for the initial certification. After completion of the course, YOLO Academia will conduct a final exam so that those who have taken the course will be able to start working after acquiring their qualification. Eligible foreigners are permanent residents who have no restrictions on working or staying in Japan, long-term residents, and those with spousal visas. For technical intern trainees and those with the specific skills visa, the cost is over 100 thousand yen or more per month, but this service can be used at a lower cost since a human resources development subsidy support is applied. Also, although it took some time for companies to be able to accept foreign workers, this service's feature is that foreign workers may be accepted in as little as 1 month.

Currently, this service is mainly provided in Osaka. In December, 7 nursing care establishments are getting ready to hire about 25 foreign residents. In the future, we plan to expand to Tokyo, Fukuoka, Nagoya, and Hokkaido. In the first year, we plan to serve 100 nursing care establishments, and send out 500 foreigners.

Through this service, YOLO JAPAN will support the nursing care industry that is now experiencing a declining work force at an accelerating rate.  We will also work towards our corporate goal of "creating a new Japan where Japanese and foreign people can coexist."

■YOLO JAPAN Company Information
Company name: YOLO JAPAN Co., Ltd.
Address: 3-13-24, Ebisucho-nishi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka
Representative: Taisuke Kaji, CEO
Established: December 2004
Operating "YOLO JAPAN," information media for foreigners living and staying in Japan
Operating "YOLO BASE," the inbound work training facility for foreigners living and staying in Japan
Sharing English service to make use of free spaces
Market research regarding foreigners living, staying, studying, or visiting in Japan
Operating "YOLO HOME," the multilingual real estate information site for foreigners