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METI to Establish a New Program for Certifying Courses on IT-Skill Training to Meet the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has newly established a Program for Certifying Courses on IT-Skill Training to Meet the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (hereinafter referred to as the “program”). Under this program, the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry will certify practical educational training courses mainly in the fields of IT and data. In light of the coming start of accepting applications for this program, on August 14, 2017, METI will open a consultation counter for accepting requests for preliminary consultations. If you intend to apply for this program to hold such training courses, METI recommends that you make use of this preliminary consultation.

1. Purpose of the program

The program aims to certify, under the name of the METI Minister, practical educational training courses targeting workers in the fields, mainly IT and data, in which future growth is strongly expected and contribution to employment creation is forecasted, thereby providing opportunities for such workers to acquire advanced expertise and knowledge, and progress in their career.

2. Outline of the program

In the first certification phase, METI will target training courses for workers in the fields below, which are scheduled to start from April 2018. METI will begin accepting applications in mid-September 2017.

Entitled fields

  1. AI, IoT, data science and cloud computing, including those combined with new development methods, e.g., design thinking and agile development
  2. Advanced security and networking
  3. IT utilization, e.g., model-based development in the field of automobiles

*Fundamental and basic courses for IT skills are excluded.
*Expanding the coverage of this entitlement will be discussed.

Furthermore, in light of the report compiled by an expert meeting in June 2017, METI requires candidate courses to satisfy the following requirements for their educational training courses in order to be certified in this program.

Requirements of training courses

Such training courses should:

  • state the details of occupations to be fostered, capabilities and skills, and training;
  • state the required practical knowledge, techniques and skills;
  • provide practical courses, including practical work, skill practices, exercises or presentation, accounting for at least 50% of the curricula as a whole;
  • conduct assessment of trainees’ training results through examinations and tests;
  • strive to provide a worker-friendly environment (e.g., through providing e-learning opportunities);
  • establish a follow-up system to evaluate graduates of the courses; etc.

Requirements of operating organizations

Operating organizations of such training courses should:

  • stably continue to hold such courses based on certain conditions, e.g., past achievements of holding training courses and financial considerations;
  • secure organization systems, facilities, lecturers and other necessary resources;
  • maintain eligibility and not fall under any disqualifying criteria; etc.

Reference:

Report on a New Program for Certifying Entities to Hold IT-Skill Training Courses to Meet the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (tentative tile)

Note:The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has been holding discussions on whether or not it will allow educational training courses that have been certified by the METI Minister to fall under those entitled to enjoy the Education and Training Benefit System if the applicants meet certain requirements stipulated by the MHLW.

3. How to receive preliminary consultation

Prior to starting the program, METI will accept a request for preliminary consultation for entities as below. This consultation is not a requirement for being certified under the program. However, if you intend to apply for this program to hold such training courses, METI recommends that you make use of this preliminary consultation.

Consultation application period:
From August 14 (Mon.) to September 22 (Fri.), 2017; from 10:00 to 17:00
Contact counter:
Mr. Nakagawa and Mr. Minoshima, IT Innovation Division, METI (Telephone: 03-3501-2646)

Release date

August 7, 2017

Divisions in Charge

  • Office for Human Resources Policy, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau
  • IT Innovation Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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