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Title: Support status of accepting interns from Myanmar IT related

According to the survey results released by the Ministry of Economy,
Trade and Industry(METI) in June 2016, the supply of IT human
resources in Japan were about 919 thousand people and about 171
thousand people were short. In addition, the supply will turn to
decrease with peak of 2020, and it is maintained at about 923 thousand
in 2020, but METI estimate that about 369 thousand will be short.
Moreover, the supply will be reduced to about 857 thousand in 2030,
and it is estimated that about 789 thousand will be short.
In particular, the demand for both information security fields and new
technology fields including AI, IoT, big data etc. is very high, and
the shortage of IT human resources in those fields may become serious.

As one of several countermeasures to these shortages of IT human
resources, the Japanese Government has stated the utilization of IT
human resources from foreign countries. This is expected for Japanese
IT companies not only to solve the shortage of human resources but
also to promote globalization and diversification of human resources.

Japanese IT companies tend to avoid competition for human resources,
and to adopt internships to contact with excellent students as soon as
possible. According to the survey results of Recruit Career Co., Ltd.,
the number of companies that implemented internship in fiscal 2017
reached 68.1%, an increase of 8.7 points from fiscal 2016. Moreover,
it is expected that 73.7% of companies conduct internship in FY 2018,
5.6 points higher than in FY 2017.

Under these circumstances, CICC received requests from rectors of some
IT-related universities in Myanmar about sending  internship students
to Japanese IT companies.
In Japan, usually the period of internship is from one day to several
days. However, universities in Myanmar requested long-term practical
training for about 2 to 4 months.
The internship request in this time comes from former CICC training
graduates who understand Japanese corporate culture. CICC has decided
to start  the internship support project from this fiscal year.

Let me briefly introduce the support situation of this fiscal year.
Firstly, CICC asked for Japanese IT companies who accept interns from
CICC member companies and related IT organizations in Japan. As the
result, I got many inquiries from Japanese SMEs, and finally three
companies announced the hiring of internship students as Remote
Internship (called “RI”). RI means to implement a most of
the internship at the CICC partner company office in Yangon in order to
reduce the accommodation cost for internship in Japan.

There were total 137 applicants from five universities. They created
an application form (called “AF”) for each company, and each company
conducted AF selection. Total 90 students went to individual interview
tests  in Yangon and Mandalay, and finally total 14 students were
hired to three Japanese companies as the intern students.

The 14 students attended the CICC special training class for Japanese
language during both two months before RI period and four months of RI
period. And all 14 students were able to reach the N4 level of the
Japanese-Language Proficiency Test(JLPT) in this September.

Now the 14 students finished RI and completed the internship result
presentation in Japan. After that, they received employment offer from
each company's president. In this October, they will participate in
the internship result presentation at their universities and will have
graduation ceremonies in November.
In addition, they will continue to participate in the special Japanese
language training class to reach the N2 level of JLPT in the 5 months
before joining Japanese companies in April 2019.

Last month I got the opportunity to attend their internship result
presentation at a Japanese company.  A half year ago, the students who
could not speak any Japanese at all, now they are dignifiedly having
their result presentation in Japanese in front of the presidents of
the companies.
I was touched by that figure as if I saw my child's growth and my eyes
were filled with tears.

I have already started recruiting companies to accept internship for
the next fiscal year, and several companies have expressed their
participation. Among those, some companies prefer a full internship in
Japan, not remotely.

In order to minimize the cost for internships, I prepare to use
facilities of Japanese universities (such as using student
dormitories, attending Japanese lessons, etc.) through the existing
contracts between  Myanmar universities and Japanese universities.

Next year, I would like to support new Myanmar students to realize
their first step of dreaming at Japanese IT companies.

By Kazuhiro Shinohara (Mr.),

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