Internships promoted to guide students’ career choices

Kyodo

The government, businesses and labor unions have agreed to promote programs giving internships to students in hopes of reducing mismatches between job seekers and employers.

The agreement, which includes an increase in providing information on small and midsize companies, was reached at a meeting Tuesday of government officials and labor and management representatives to work out medium- to long-term strategies to prevent young people from quitting jobs soon after getting hired and becoming part-time workers.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda stressed the need for providing more employment information to young people and promoting joint work between schools and labor administration officials.

The agreement is expected to be included in a “Japan revival” strategy the government plans to adopt this summer.