Specified Skilled Worker Construction Sector

The Specified Skilled Worker (SSW) Program is designed to attract skilled foreign workers to Japan to address labor shortages in specific industries, including the construction sector. This program allows workers to enter and work in Japan under defined conditions, contributing their expertise to support the country’s infrastructure and development projects.

Objectives

Address Labor Shortages

Meet the increasing demand for skilled labor in Japan’s construction industry.

Enhance Quality

Ensure high-quality construction standards by employing skilled workers.

Support Economic Growth

Facilitate the timely completion of construction projects essential for Japan’s economic development.

Eligibility Criteria

Skills and Experience

  • Work Experience: Applicants must have relevant work experience in the construction field.
  • Skills Assessment: Pass a skills proficiency test specific to the construction sector.

Language Proficiency

  • Japanese Language: Pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at the N4 level or higher, or an equivalent language test. This ensures that workers can understand basic Japanese necessary for daily communication and workplace safety.

Types of Jobs in Construction Sector

The SSW program covers a wide range of jobs in the construction sector, including but not limited to:

Carpentry

Framework construction, roofing, and interior finishing.

Concrete Work

Pouring, leveling, and finishing concrete.

Plumbing

Installation and maintenance of piping systems.

Electrical Work

Installation and maintenance of electrical systems.

Scaffolding

Erecting and dismantling scaffolding structures.

Masonry

Bricklaying, stone setting, and other masonry work.

Painting

Surface preparation and painting of buildings and structures.

Welding

Metalwork, including welding, cutting, and shaping.

Application Process

Skill and Language Tests

Applicants must pass relevant skills tests and the Japanese language proficiency test.

Job Offer

Secure a job offer from a Japanese employer in the construction sector.

Visa Application

Submit the necessary documents and apply for the SSW visa through Japanese immigration authorities.

Working Conditions and Rights

Employment Contract

  • Contract Details: Workers must have a valid employment contract that outlines job responsibilities, wages, working hours, and other employment terms.
  • Fair Wages: Workers are entitled to fair wages equivalent to those of Japanese workers in the same job.

Labor Rights

  • ● Protection and Benefits: Foreign workers are entitled to the same labor protections and benefits as Japanese workers, including social insurance and health benefits.
  • Safe Working Conditions: Employers must ensure a safe working environment and provide necessary safety training and equipment.

Support and Integration

Support Services

  • Orientation Programs: Orientation sessions to help workers understand Japanese workplace culture and norms.
  • Language Classes: Ongoing Japanese language training to improve communication skills.
  • Cultural Integration: Activities and support to help workers adapt to life in Japan.

Living Arrangements

  • Housing Assistance: Employers often provide or assist in finding suitable housing for foreign workers.
  • Community Support: Access to community resources and networks for foreign workers and their families.

Renewal and Transition

Visa Renewal

  • SSW Type 1: The visa can be renewed annually, with a maximum stay of 5 years.
  • SSW Type 2: Workers with advanced skills may transition to a Type 2 visa, allowing for long-term residency and family accompaniment.

Challenges and Considerations

Language Barrier

Continuous improvement in Japanese language skills is essential for effective communication and workplace safety.

Cultural Adaptation

Adapting to Japanese workplace culture and societal norms can be challenging but is facilitated through support programs.

Support Systems

Availability of support services, including legal assistance, housing support, and cultural orientation, is crucial for successful integration.

The Specified Skilled Worker Program for the construction sector in Japan provides a structured pathway for skilled foreign workers to contribute to the country’s construction industry. By ensuring fair working conditions and offering support services, the program aims to address labor shortages while facilitating the integration and professional development of foreign workers. This initiative not only benefits the Japanese economy but also offers valuable opportunities for skilled workers to advance their careers in a thriving international environment.

How to Apply?

Tell us a little about yourself and we’ll help with the rest. Our convenient online application tool only takes 10 minutes to complete.

After you submit your application, an admissions representative will contact you and will help you to complete the process.

Once you’ve completed your application and connected with an admissions representative, you’re ready to create your schedule.

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