Success of foreign workers
Until now, TAKENOBE has nurtured inexperienced tradesmen in a short period of time with an educational program that focuses on repeatedly practicing specialized work with highly skilled veteran craftsmen as instructors.
In addition, we have created technological innovations, such as new construction methods and safer paints, and we are expanding our business. Also, we work to provide an environment that can polish worker skills safely so that all of our staff has high-level goals, and are highly motivated in their work. Takenobe focuses on improving productivity through efforts to pass on skills using ICT technology and through the improvement of working efficiency.
In addition, we accept a wide range of talent including women and foreign workers. Even now, we have female construction site supervisors, who play a vital role in our business.
We would like you to join us in creating a better, more diverse painting service company.
Japanese Language Education – “Craftsman Language School”
■Due to the labor shortage problem in Japan, we are expanding the employment of foreign workers. We provide them with lessons that include technical terms and jargon related to the construction industry, painting, and safety on worksites. We have our own in-house Japanese language school for foreigner employees of Takenobe Group. The lessons include basic Japanese conversation skills and practical “Kansai dialect” Japanese as well.
Housing support “Craftsman Diversity Dormitory”
■Dormitory Facility Information
We have finished building and opening our craftsman development diversity dormitory near our head office. This building is a hybrid concept, with living spaces as well as classroom and practical training spaces. This dormitory plays a major role in the life support, improvement of living standards, and also the development of technical skills for technical intern trainees from abroad.
One important feature of the dormitory is that there are areas where new craftsman can learn and practice new skills. Trainees can practice at any time and use it as a place to acquire and perfect skills faster. The living spaces feature private rooms with a bed, TV, refrigerator, security box, and air-conditioning. Also, a wash basin, a toilet, and a fully automatic washing machine are installed on each resident floor. Furthermore, the shared space is equipped with a dining room where everyone can eat together, the kitchen where you can cook for yourself, a separate shower, and a toilet with a washlet.
◆bird’s eye view
1-17-10 Miyakojima Kita-Dori, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka 534-0014, Japan
Frequently Asked Questions
About employment and work:
Ｑ１：Will I have to travel for my work?
Ａ１：Depending on the worksite, it may be necessary to travel for short periods of time.
Ｑ２：How is work attendance recorded?
Ａ２：There is an attendance recording system with English language support, so it can be easily used on your smart phone.
Ｑ３：Are there opportunities to build relationships with other craftsman?
Ａ３：Yes. We provide opportunities for information exchange. There are monthly meetings, where there is an environment you can exchange work information with other craftsmen. Also, there are outside-of-work social functions that will help you fit in with the other workers.
Ｑ４： Is there a support system where I can personally consult with someone in my native language?
Ａ４：Yes. There is a meeting with an interpreter and your supervisor, once every three months.
Ｑ５：How is my performance evaluated by the company?
Ａ５：All worksite instruction is given in Japanese, so it is essential that you study and get a functional level of Japanese language ability as quickly as possible. We have set a minimum goal of N3 or higher on the Japanese language proficiency test (link). You will be evaluated on not only your work skill, but also your language ability.
About the dormitory:
Ｑ１：Is it possible to look at the dormitory in person at any time?
Ａ１：The dormitory is a place of life for the people living there, so an appointment to visit the dormitory must be arranged ahead of time. For online information please see this page.
Ｑ２：Is it possible to go to work by bicycle?
Ａ２：In order to reduce the possibility of being involved in a bicycle accident, we do not recommend commuting by bicycle. Transportation costs are covered by our company, so please use public transportation.
Ｑ３：What are the dormitory rules?
Ａ３：The main dormitory rules include:
• Smoking is prohibited inside the dormitory.
• Non-residents, including family members, are prohibited from entering the dormitory.
** new employees will receive a complete detailed list of rules upon hiring.
Ｑ４：Can I invite friends and family to the dormitory?
Ａ４：No. It is forbidden for anyone other than residents of the dormitory to enter. If non-residents are found to have entered the dormitory, the resident responsible will be evicted from the dormitory.
Ｑ５：Is Internet access available?
Ａ５：Every room has Wi-Fi access, which is free of charge. Due to the concrete walls, Wi-Fi reception is not great in the private rooms. The best reception is available in the shared common room.
Ｑ６：Can I prepare meals in the dormitory?
Ａ６：Yes. There is a communal kitchen in the dormitory, so you can prepare your own meals. There are some choices: you can cook your own meals, eat out, or buy takeout food and bring it back to the dormitory. We encourage you to cook and eat with the other residents of the dormitory. This is the most economical and nutritional option. Cooking in private rooms is prohibited due to the fire risk. If you are found to be cooking in your room, you will be evicted from the dormitory.
Ｑ７：What equipment and facilities are there in the kitchen?
Ａ７：The kitchen area has hot water pots, a freezer, pots and pans, toaster ovens, microwave ovens, cooking knives/utensils, a dishwasher, and electric range and oven, and rice cookers. Private fridges are supplied in each private room. Residents must buy their own ingredients and seasonings. Food can be cooked in the kitchen, and stored in the shared freezer.
Ｑ８：Is there a security system?
Ａ８：Yes. There are security cameras installed in the shared areas of the dormitory. Entrance to the dormitory is by scanning individual security cards.
Ｑ９：Is there a seniority system for residents?
Ａ９：No, there is no seniority system. The dormitory has a friendly and cozy atmosphere, where everyone is equal. Moreover, every resident has a private room so privacy, when wanted, is ensured.
Ｑ１０：What do I need to bring with me when I move into the dormitory?
Ａ１０：TAKENOBE will provide you with one set of work clothes and one pair of work boots. You will be required to buy your own replacement clothes and boots in the future. So we recommend that you bring extra work clothes and/or boots, casual clothes, and personal footwear.
Ｑ１１：Is vegetable growing possible in the dormitory?
Ａ１１：Yes. There is some space on the rooftop, so vegetable growing is possible in planter pots.
Ｑ１２：Is there rent assistance?
Ａ１２：Rent is free after six months. For the first six months, rent is between ¥15,000 ~ ¥20,000. From six months to three years is ¥0.
•Hospital visits for non-Japanese workers
Non-Japanese workers are able to visit a hospital the same as regular Japanese people. There may be a language barrier for non-Japanese people, so we have prepared a Health Care Guide Book. (PDF link here) You can use the auxiliary questionnaire to express your illness symptoms.
•Health care expenses
Technical interns who work at TAKENOBE, will be enrolled in the Japanese national health care insurance system. In this system technical interns pay 30% of the cost of treatment, which is the same as for regular Japanese people. However, technical interns are in rolled in a special type of insurance, so you will be refunded the 30% that you paid for all healthcare costs at the end of the internship.
●Medical check ups
All interns will have two medical checkups annually. TAKENOBE covers the cost of these checkups.
We would like to introduce the Vietnamese translation consultant to our company
NGUYEN THUY NGOC
Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 1
Graduated from Hanoi State University Japanese Course.
Graduated from Kanazawa University School of Education.
Current (December 2018)
Japanese instructor, Hanoi State University Foreign Language University.