Human resources development

"Jikotei Kanketsu" training

To improve employee productivity, as part of our efforts to maximize potential and performance, we hold “Jikotei Kanketsu” training for team leaders. “Jikotei Kanketsu” is a work approach that emphasizes high-quality work with an efficient arrangement of steps to prevent errors and avoid redos. Through training, we are able to teach the appropriate approach and concrete steps. We have also developed an e-learning program on the basics of “Jikotei Kanketsu” that all employees can access anytime. We will continue efforts to teach the “Jikotei Kanketsu” approach going forward.

Global human resources development

With business globalization currently accelerating, it is becoming more important to develop personnel equipped with the skills required to operate on a global stage. In addition to the professional expertise, mental fortitude, and language skills that will form the core of their professional lives, young employees must understand different cultures and respect diversity. The Overseas Trainee program allows these young employees to gain such knowledge and experience through actual work performed overseas.

Students from the Technical Training Institute are continuing to study English toward mastering the language. Unfortunately, trips to overseas countries, which in the past have been taken every year, have been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overseas Trainee Program

A young Aichi Steel employee (front row, center) posted overseas poses with employees from our overseas subsidiary AICHI FORGE (THAILAND)
* This photo was taken during the 2018 program.

As we increase our physical presence around the world, there are more and more opportunities to work overseas. We launched this program to develop globally active human resources through real work experiences and learning local languages at our overseas affiliates.

Through the program, we dispatch young employees overseas and they attend local language schools to learn the local language while working on specific business topics.

The experiences provided through this training help participants understand the significance of working overseas and the importance of communicating in the local languages, and through that we hope to help them grow into globally active employees of Aichi Steel.

Specialized technical training

Since August 2016, we have been providing specialized technical training for all skilled workers in forging plants to provide systematic training on the knowledge and skills needed at those plants. To raise understanding of the purpose and necessity of each task, and lead to “Kaizen,” the roles of skilled workers, from the fundamentals of manufacturing to the essentials of the facilities that create products and measures for dealing with abnormalities, are divided into three ranks and the training is organized so that workers learn in steps. (The ranks are Rank C for up to five years after joining the company, Rank B for up to 10 years after joining the company, and Rank A for first-level supervisors).

The hands-on training combines knowledge learning and practical skills acquisition. Trainee proficiency is confirmed through written tests, and determinations of whether trainees have reached a level that can be used in practical work are confirmed through presentations on examples of improvements and on-site monitoring. Trainees who pass receive ranked certification. With Rank C training starting in fiscal 2016, Rank B in fiscal 2017, and Rank A in fiscal 2020, we are continuing to expand training activities. By having all skilled workers undergo this training, a culture of asking “why?” will be created and the handing down of technology and skills to successors will be encouraged.

Number of
times held (total)
61

Number of
participants (total)
321

Fostering training instructors

In 2017, we launched a program to foster training instructors, for skilled workers, in order to create a culture of teaching and learning. The role of the instructors is to train younger workers. As we systematically foster instructors at each plant, we will create workplaces where familiar instructors are available to offer advice at any time, not just during training periods.

Number of training instructors

(Number of training instructors in each discipline at each location)

  Chita
Plant
Kariya
Plant
Forging
Plant
Electronic
Components
Plant
Magnetic
Material &
Parts Plant
Facility
Engineering
Division
Material Testing
Technology
Division
Other
divisions
Total
Problem Solving 2 1 3 1 1 3 3   14
Toyota Production
System
2   3 1       1 7
Work Instruction
Methods
2   1     2 1   6
Communication   1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
Total 6 2 8 3 2 6 5 2 34