SKILLS’ partners with Japanese elderly care facility for training of caregivers

Fifteen (15) Caregiving NC II trainees of the School of Knowledge for Industrial Labor, Leadership, and Service (SKILLS) participated in a lecture demo on the Japanese way of elderly care.


The lecture demo was conducted by Nambu Co. Ltd. at SKILLS Campus in Cebu City last January 25, 2019. Nambu, which operates several elderly care facilities in Japan, partnered with SKILLS for the training of caregivers.


The lecture demo was also participated by health professionals of Primary Group of Builders (PGB) affiliate companies such as Maayo Medical, San Lucas Medical (SLM), and Primary Structures Corporation. Trainees of Medical Auxiliary Specialist Services (MASS), a pilot course run by SLM in Minglanilla, also took part.


Giving care the Japanese way


Japan is opening its doors to foreign health care professionals to care for their elderly. In 2019, the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) announced that Japan needs 60,000 caregivers. Filipinos have two visa options such as semi-skilled caregivers with a five-year contract or highly-skilled workers that have the chance to acquire an immigrant status after contract, also for five years.


The lecture demo covered basic elderly care such as conversing with elderly, providing assistance when patients stand up, and moving from bed to wheelchair.


“In caring for the elderly, it is important that we empower them and not let them feel that they are invalid. We recognize that the elderly still have strength and our caregivers assist in such a way that the elderly perform within their strength,” said Atsushi Nambu, CEO. 


Training globally competent workers


In 2019, the SKILLS opened its Caregiving NC II course accredited by TESDA. The laboratory and lecture are conducted at the SKILLS Campus (old Sacred Heart School for Boys) in General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City while immersion will be at partner health care facilities in Metro Cebu.


“SKILLS is committed to the training and certification of globally competitive Filipino workers. This is how we help solve the intertwined problems of talent shortage, academe-industry mismatch, and poverty due to unemployment. SKILLS and SLM opened Caregiving NC II and MASS, respectively, to address the shortage of competent health care professionals both domestically and abroad,” said Paulette Liu, President of SKILLS and head of human resources of PGB.


Providing sustainable employment


The next stage of SKILLS’ caregiving course is the opening of Japanese languge or Nihongo class.


Angelic Saldaña, a pioneering scholar of Caregiving NC II course expressed her gratitude to SKILLS and Nambu. “If given the chance to work in Japan, please be good to us and we will try our best always,” said Saldaña.


SKILLS is operated by the Primary Structures Educational Foundation, Inc. (PSEFI), the corporate foundation of PGB.


To enroll in Caregiving NC II and Nihongo combo course, contact +6332 234-6102 or executive.director@skills.com.ph. Learn more about PSEFI SKILLS by visiting the campus or logging on at its website, www.skills.com.ph.


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