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Company Profile - Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Programme

Overview

The Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Programme, is an official Japanese Government scheme, which sends graduates to promote international understanding at grass-roots level and to improve foreign language teaching in schools in Japan for a minimum of 12 months. The programme was established in 1987, with 848 participants from four countries. Since then, over 48,000 people from 38 different countries have participated in the Programme.

Who are we?

The JET Programme represents one of the greatest initiatives in the field of human and cultural relations. Its expansion shows the Japanese Government's commitment to the Programme and overwhelming support for the scheme at a local level. There are 2 positions available for UK graduates on the JET Programme. These are Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) and Coordinator for International Relations (CIR). 

Career Opportunities

As an ALT your role will be to assist Japanese Teachers of English rather than lead the class on your own. However, the exact nature of the ALT position can depend on numerous factors such as the number of schools visited, the frequency of visits and the differing approaches of JTEs. No two situations are the same and therefore a flexible attitude is essential. As an ALT, you'll play a key role in promoting communicative training in the classroom. Contact with an ALT also provides your students with a valuable chance to become familiar with another culture.  

Applicants with good written and spoken Japanese (JLPT level 2 or equivalent) can apply to work as CIRs, assisting in local government offices with international activities at a local level. Japanese interest in international exchange has never been greater. Coordinators for International Relations work with their Japanese colleagues to promote and develop exchange activities in their local area. This could mean working on projects to bring Japanese into contact with local foreign residents or developing relations between the contracting town, city or prefecture and the CIR’s home country.

Training and Development

JETs will receive training and attend lectures at the pre-departure orientation in London, the Tokyo orientation and their prefectural orientation. ALTs will also receive training in team-teaching during orientation which will be specific to the role of the ALT in Japanese schools

What we look for

All applicants wishing to apply to the UK JET Programme must: Hold a full UK passport (not just permanent resident status) Hold a Bachelor's degree in any subject by the July before departure Not have lived in Japan for six or more years out of the last 10 Obey all Japanese laws. This includes the law concerning entry into Japan for participation in the JET Programme, where applicants must agree to reside in Japan under the status of residence stipulated in Article 2-2 of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act Have native level English skills (written and spoken) Be both mentally and physically healthy Have a keen interest in Japan Have the ability to adapt to the living and working conditions in Japan ALT applicants: Japanese ability is NOT required but a proven interest in learning Japanese will strengthen your application. Teaching experience or teaching qualifications (e.g. TEFL) are NOT required but any kind of teaching experience or experience in working with young people will strengthen your application. CIR applicants: CIR applicants must have a sufficient command of the Japanese language for daily work in a Japanese office environment (equivalent to JLPT level 2/N2 or above). 

Case Studies

There are currently around 400 UK graduates participating on the JET Programme. The range of their experiences is enormous, with placements in every region of Japan. The principles and goals of the JET Programme are the same throughout Japan, but JET experiences vary widely according to the interests and approach of each participant, as well as their placement type and location. For stories about some of our past participants experiences on the programme please see the following page on our website: http://www.jet-uk.org/lifeonjet/lifeonjet.html

What we offer

There is a wide support network offered through JET and many rewards and benefits of working on the JET Programme.  

Support: 

  • Supervisor and other Co-workers (JTEs)                  
  • Your Board of Education (Designated contact)                  
  • Other JETs (Prefectural Advisors, other ALTs)                  
  • CLAIR – runs telephone help-lines for JETs                  
  • The JET Guidebook                  
  • JET Programme Orientations and Conferences                  

Rewards:

  • Generous Salary (Around ¥3,600,000 per year)                   
  • Free Return Airfare (To and from Japan)                   
  • Free Time (12-20 days paid annual holiday, plus 15 Bank Holidays)                   
  • Appreciation from your community                   
  • Personal satisfaction
  • overcoming the challenge of living and coping in a foreign country                  
  • JET Alumni Association -career advice and support after JET                   
  • Personal Development and gaining essential life skills to increase your employability. 

How to apply

Please see our website www.jet-uk.org

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