Japan and the Philippines have always maintained close economic and diplomatic ties. Today, Japan is the biggest trading partner of the Philippines and the country’s biggest source of foreign direct investments.
As the Philippine–Japanese relations continue to blossom, Japan is a strategic partner not only in terms of maritime security but also in IT outsourcing. According to JETRO, Japan is the third largest ICT Market in the world (after US and China). And with the current shortfall of workers in Japan (from software engineers to waiters) caused by an aging workforce, Japan grows more open to foreign workers. In fact, Japan has also been increasing its software, IT and back-office outsourcing services to the Philippines as reported by PSIA.
Here at Exist, we have been actively serving Japanese clients for over three years already. Our proven domain and technology expertise in providing innovative solutions and services has been a key to maintaining a good relationship with them. Exist also recognize that bridging the language barrier will help us be in a better position to answer Japan’s call for IT help.
Thus, aside from various skills training and development, Exist now offers its employees a Japanese Language Training and Certification Program to help them develop language fluency, and eventually help them adapt to the Japanese culture.
Exist employees will undergo an initial 30-hour Japanese language training but may be extended as need be to ensure enough knowledge and skills have been acquired for the JLPT certification.
The Japanese language program aims to produce Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) passers who can communicate and work effectively with Japanese clients and partners.
Launched late 2016, these in-house Nihongo classes are conducted consecutively in two batches and held twice a week. Employees who completed the Nihongo language training program are expected to take and pass the JLPT certification exam this 2017.