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IPA:Business Outline:Nurturing IT Human Resources as Future Pioneers

Seeking Higher Quality IT Human Resources

 As a public agency responsible for securing collaboration between government, industry and academia, IPA has played an important role in the development of IT human resources.
Many human resources who graduated from the “The MITOH program” and “Security Camp” are currently active in a wide range of activities in the IT industry.
 As higher quality of IT human resources come to be required, IPA is putting more energy than ever into developing human resources with a view to strengthening international industrial competitiveness.

Nurturing the mechanism for “development of outstanding IT human resources”

Nurturing Innovative IT Human Resources

Exploratory IT Human Resources Project (The MITOH program)
 The Exploratory IT Human Resources Project (The MITOH program), which IPA has conducted for many years, is a program aimed at discovering and training outstanding and creative human resources capable of realizing innovations and creating new markets in the IT field. In this program, skilled coaches (project managers :PM) discover and train human resources (creators) that have been chosen through advertisement. As of fiscal 2012, 256 “Super Creators” had been certified under this program, and IPA is conducting activities geared to widely encouraging industry to make use of such outstanding human resources.

Super Creator Certification Ceremony

Nurturing Cyber Security Workforce

The Security Camp
 In order for us to protect National critical IT infrastructure from ever-increasing threats, we are earnestly searching for cybersecurity workforces who have sophisticated skills and knowledge of the cybersecurity field.
 The Security Camp is a camp-style training program that is operated by IPA and private sectors. At the camp, participants learn the latest practical technologies and are given the opportunity to think about their future career. In addition, the camp is also a place where the students form new communities and networks.
 IPA increases the number of cybersecurity workforces and strives to deepen the exchanges between cybersecurity workforces and companies.

Security Camp Central Workshop 2013

Information Technology Engineers Examination (ITEE)

Improving IT Literacy and Developing Practical Advanced IT Human Resources
 The Information Technology Engineers Examination is Japan’s largest state examination attracting approximately 500,000 applicants per year.
 The “Declaration on the Creation of the World’s Most Advanced IT Nation” issued by the Government of Japan points out the necessity of improving the IT literacy nationwide and developing the practical and global advanced IT human resources.
 Information Technology Passport Examination, which is utilized as a tool for improving IT literacy among a broad range of people from students to workers, gives them the opportunity to learn about information technology, corporate activities, management strategy and other knowledge necessary for utilizing IT in their daily duties. Meanwhile, the examinations targeting information technology engineers are compatible with the Skill Standards which shows careers and skills required for advanced IT human resources of future Japan, and it is widely utilized by the IT industry and information systems departments of enterprises as a tool for evaluating advanced IT human resources development.

Examination Categories

Towards International Exchange of Human Resource
 The Information Technology Engineers Examination is recognized by Mutual Recognition Agreements in 12 countries and economies in Asia.
 This enables IT engineers to be evaluated based on a common standard among countries including Japan, and also it promises a smooth cross-border mobility of human resource, when they seek employment overseas, or when a foreign IT enterprise recruits local engineers.
 Moreover, IPA is actively supporting the introduction of IT skill standards in Asian countries.

* ITEE Mutual Recognition Agreement countries and economies
 India, Singapore, South Korea, China, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Mongolia, Taiwan and Bangladesh

Establishment of a Structured Skill Frame and Collaboration between Industry and Academia

 IT is expected to impart changes to industrial structure and create new business opportunities in such fields as smart cities, automobiles, medical care and even agriculture. A major challenge today is to nurture human resources who can display initiative in fusing IT with such non-IT fields. Moreover, in line with the permeation of IT to all kinds of industries, it is necessary to nurture human resources who are endowed with the perspective of considering information security in all areas from business model design to system development and operation.
 IPA is working on visualizing the knowledge and skills that are needed for developing the IT resources to drive these new fields as well as developing a systematic skill framework.
 IPA has also uploaded to its website compendiums of know-how and case studies from practical IT seminars that have been staged between industrial and academic circles based on IPA coordination. In addition, it provides practical IT teaching materials at no charge to universities and other higher education institutions.