Japan to launch tech internship for older workers to mitigate labour shortage
The decline of traditional practices like lifetime employment and seniority-based systems has led to an increasing number of middle-aged and older workers in Japan seeking career transitions
Japan is addressing its labour shortage in the technology sector by enlisting middle-aged workers through a pilot internship program set to launch next year. Led by Japan’s labour ministry, the initiative aims to attract middle-aged career changers from non-tech industries, specifically those in their 40s and 50s who have some training in software engineering and programming. These interns will be assigned to participating companies for up to six months, working closely with mentors to enhance their skills and knowledge in the field while being paid commensurably.
The decline of traditional practices like lifetime employment and seniority-based systems has led to an increasing number of middle-aged and older workers in Japan seeking career transitions. Government data shows that the number of individuals aged 45 to 64 looking to change jobs increased by 27% compared to four years ago. This highlights the uncertainty surrounding career trajectories for this demographic.
Recognizing the digital sector as a key economic priority, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida aims to invest in skilled professionals within this field. As per the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, there is an expected deficit of approximately 800,000 workers in the information technology sector by 2030. This program will help mitigate this deficit while assuaging career concerns for the middle-aged demographic.