HA NOI - Students attending medical schools in northern provinces recently received unsolicited information from the Hai Phong Travel Petroleum Company (OSC HP) about a programme recruiting caregivers to go work in Japan.
OSC HP not only contacted students at schools but also put up their advertisements on websites like raovat.net and vatgia.com.
However, many students who hope to go work in Japan would be shocked to learn that OSC HP does not have the license for consulting or sending caregivers to Japan.
"Until now, no license has been granted to any company for sending caregivers to Japan," said Nguyen Ngoc Quynh, Head of the Department of Overseas Labour (DOLAB).
Quynh said the only authorised agency to send caregivers to Japan is DOLAB, under caregivers exchange programme carried out by the Vietnamese and Japanese governments.
The Embassy of Japan in Viet Nam has also confirmed that except for the inter-governmental programme, there is no caregivers exchange programme in the list of 68 programmes that receive foreign students in Japan.
Tran Thi Van Ha of the DOLAB Communication Department said it had received many inquiries recently about the caregivers programme with Japan and some about Germany.
The programme is attracting a lot of attention because the remuneration for caregivers is high in countries like Japan and Germany, she said.
"The programme, carried out by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), is in its trial phase, with just 100-150 caregivers recruited at a time, so any company claiming to be a part of the programme is possibly trying to confuse potential candidates," said Ha.
Local newspapers have reported that OSC HP even organised an event to promote the caregivers programme at the Ha Noi International Convention Centre.
During the event, the company claimed to be in partnership with 1, 200 hospitals in Japan that are looking for a large number of caregivers.
When contacted by Viet Nam News yesterday, the OSC HP Representative Office in Ha Noi denied promoting the programme.
A woman said she was a new employee and her supervisors were all out of the office. She maintained that her office had not advertised such a programme.
However, at around 5pm yesterday, Viet Nam News found an advertisement about the caregivers programme in Japan on the company's website.
The website even instructed candidates to send their CVs, pictures in medical uniform as well as their medical details to OSC HP.
Potential candidates have to pay a fee of US$47 (S$59) to join the recruitment drive and submit other original school certificates, the website said.
Last Wednesday, DOLAB sent an official letter to the Police Department for Investigation of Social Order and the Internal Security Department to investigate a total of nine companies involved in marketing and advertising the caregivers programme in Japan and Germany.