Cultivation and Utilization of Human Resources
Strive to be an exceptional person—In order to be the global leader in its target fields, the Tsubaki Group seeks human resources who 1) continuously take on challenges with a desire for self-betterment, 2) constantly acquire advanced skills and continuously seek to enhance them, and 3) can take action under their own responsibility.
By offering opportunities for development, regardless of job type, we are strengthening the cultivation of young and global human resources, promoting the active participation of women, and improving skills.
Enhancing Our Training and Educational System
The drivers of the Group’s growth are the technological capabilities and advanced technical skills we have continuously refined as a manufacturer since our founding in 1917. With the aim of passing on expertise to the next generation and reinforcing technical skills, we launched the Tsubaki Techno School in April 1998 for young engineers. Subsequently, we expanded the curriculum to include technical and sales categories. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, we reorganized the curriculum by dividing it into a Techno School for engineers, a Skills School for technicians, and a Business School for office and sales staff. In doing so, we expanded and improved their respective courses.
By combining training by function with level-specific training across all job categories, we have generated a positive cycle in which we increase the awareness of employees and enhance technological and technical levels.
Cultivation of Young Engineers
The Tsubaki Techno School conducts practical training using our original curriculum. It includes a beginners’ skills course, which deals with basic technologies and processing technologies, an intermediate skills course, which covers materials engineering, control engineering, and computer science, and more. In the intermediate course, young engineers improve their problem-solving capabilities in addition to enhancing their knowledge and skills through activities such as setting a topic from among workplace issues and implementing measures to resolve it. We are also developing human resources with proficiency in AI and IoT by incorporating new technological fields into the curriculum.
Besides this training, we are, through a Technology Forum at which departments present their latest technologies, widening opportunities for employees to share ideas, interact, and engage in co-creation in a way that transcends departments.
Improvement of Monozukuri Skills
The Tsubaki Group is making efforts to pass down and reinforce monozukuri (manufacturing) skills through (1) cultivating technicians, (2) a processing training program that, through hands-on instruction in basic technologies and skills, aims to pass down our company’s unique assets, and (3) cultivating next-generation employees by establishing the qualification of Master Craftsman, the highest ranking qualification for technicians, as well as Trainer, a job that provides technical skill instruction.
Since 2012, the Tsubaki Technical Skills Olympics have served as a platform for the mutual study and presentation of these skills. Outstanding technicians in the Tsubaki Group assemble to compete in eight events for all operation categories, such as Engine Lathe Operation, Welding, Measurement, and Freehand Drafting. Those with the best scores are given gold, silver, and bronze medals. Overseas Group companies have been taking part in this event since 2016, and this helps invigorate the organization via technological exchange among employees, between different business divisions, and between Japan and overseas, in addition to heightening technical skills.
Tsubaki Technical Skills Olympics
Cultivation of Global Human Resources
In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, 57.4% of the Group’s total net sales came from overseas, a substantial increase from 34.5% in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010, demonstrating the rapid globalization of our operations. Currently, 53.7% of all group employees are working on locations outside of Japan.
This situation has made the cultivation and strengthening of globally minded human resources a task of extreme importance for the Group. We introduced a global trainee system in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011. This system allows young employees to be dispatched to overseas subsidiaries for training, and is designed to teach them foreign languages and international business manners as well as help them to better understand other cultures. By the end of March 2019, we had dispatched 108 young employees under this system. From the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020, we have launched month-long overseas foreign language training for new employees.
In addition, we have also begun inviting employees from overseas subsidiaries to undergo training in Japan. In this way, we are cultivating and strengthening Groupwide globally minded human resources.
Global Trainees (Tsubakimoto Chain, non-consolidated)
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