Human Resources Development
Personnel Needed by Sumitomo
Personnel needed by Sumitomo Electric are those who honor the Sumitomo Spirit, understand the Sumitomo Electric Group Corporate Principles, possess high levels of skill and knowledge rooted firmly in the basics, and who can play active roles in the global community.
Basic Concepts of Human Resources Development
Our basic concept for human resources development consists of the "individual employee's strong motivation for self-development" and "on-the-job coaching and close communication between superiors and subordinates." We support this kind of coaching and communication through our "management-by-objectives (MBO) system" and closely link the system with training, employee performance evaluations, and personnel rotation. Thus, we will improve the human resource value of each individual through achievement of our corporate goals. Specialty training in each division and Group-wide training provided by the Corporate Staff Group are the two pivotal components of training and strongly support “self-development activities” and “coaching and close communication between superiors and subordinates.”
The two kinds of training also aim to realize human resources development in line with our corporate philosophy and management strategies.
SEI University represents the Sumitomo Electric Group's comprehensive training and education system.
At SEI University, we provide various training programs in a wide range of fields to raise the human resource value of employees on a group-wide basis, achieve the company’s goals, and create a “Glorious Excellent Company.”
Disseminating the Sumitomo Electric Group's corporate philosophy,
Sharing the Sumitomo Electric Group's management strategies and vision, and
Developing employees' abilities, skills and knowledge so that
Principal Training Programs
SEI University provides more than 300 training programs (commonly developed across the Group), including position-based compulsory programs for all group employees ranging from executives to new employees, in the three areas of human skills, problem-solving skills and technical skills. Our Group companies and divisions also organize their original training programs in the field of technical skills to have the trainees acquire the unique knowledge and skills especially required in the respective workplaces.
The following five subjects constitute the compulsory basic training, which is provided for all employees as part of various training programs:
- (1) Sumitomo Spirit, Corporate Principles, and CSR
- (2) Management policies and visions
- (3) Compliance
- (4) Safety, environment and quality
- (5) Diversity
In particular, the Sumitomo Spirit is positioned as the basis for employees to perform their duties. We give them opportunities to learn about it in the training programs for new employees and various position-based training programs. In addition, we always explain the relations of the Sumitomo Spirit to compliance and human rights in the relevant training programs. Furthermore, the president asks all employees to perform their duties in accordance with the Sumitomo Spirit via a video once in six months and the video is also translated into multiple languages and distributed to Group companies in Japan and overseas. For the employees to be assigned overseas, a training program to ensure that they can convey the Sumitomo Spirit in their own words in their new workplaces is organized before the transfer. We are also cultivating internal lecturers to enable the Sumitomo Spirit to be learned periodically in Group companies in Japan and abroad.
Group-wide Global Approach
To promote human resources development on a group-wide basis, employees of Group companies in Japan are provided with opportunities to participate in training programs hosted by Sumitomo Electric, and the number of participants is increasing year by year. In cases where Group companies have difficulty operating training programs by themselves, Sumitomo Electric dispatches lecturers to provide necessary training programs.
Meanwhile, for Group companies overseas, human resource manager meetings are periodically held in each country to discuss the planning and operation of various training programs (mainly for non-managerial employees), with the aim of promoting human resources development that meets local needs. In addition, the Global Human Resources Development Meeting is held in Japan once a year, to which personnel responsible for human resources development are invited from Group companies across the world, in order to discuss a global common system for human resources development.
We also organize the following training programs for management personnel commonly in Japan and overseas.
Overview of Global Common Training Programs
Executive training program
A hands-on program that involves teamwork to tackle actual management issues
In addition to the Action Learning program, this program aims to develop executives by providing opportunities to deepen understanding of the Sumitomo Spirit and acquire management knowledge. Since fiscal 2010, the program has welcomed participants from abroad as well, most of whom are graduates of the Global Leadership Development Program. Useful proposals produced through the Action Learning program have already been realized and applied to actual management.
Global Leadership Development Program (GLP)
For this program, core general managers from various countries and various Group companies are invited to Japan. The participants listen to lectures delivered by executives, attend leadership workshops, and learn about the Sumitomo Spirit. The goal of the program is to develop human resources who can demonstrate global leadership.
SEG Management Program based on the Sumitomo Spirit (MPSS)
This training program aims to share and spread the Sumitomo Spirit among core managers from overseas affiliates and to enhance their skills for managing subordinates. It is held every year in six regions: Europe, North America, China (East and South China Districts), Southeast Asia and Mexico. By delivering this program, we are working to ensure that the Group’s fundamental principles are shared even amid a rapidly globalizing world.
Cultivation of Manufacturing Personnel
Training programs to enhance manufacturing skills of the Sumitomo Electric Group are provided mostly at the Technical Training Center, which was opened in our Itami Works in October 2008.☆ Based on the basic concept that “manufacturing is human resources development,” we promote cultivation of manufacturing personnel through the three main initiatives of ① basic training on manufacturing, ② practical training and ③ small group activities.
Basic training on manufacturing
The underlying concept of the basic training on manufacturing is to learn with actual machines and products. Subjects in the curriculum are wide ranging from SEQCDD, which are essential for manufacturing, to the Group's proprietary technologies and techniques and the latest technologies including equipment control and maintenance technologies. The number of the participants is also growing every year. We regularly hold training overseas on various improvement methods, including the maintenance of equipment, in China and Southeast Asia.
We also provide a plant manager development program aimed at developing strong plant managers (equivalent to the manager of a manufacturing section) who will play pivotal roles in manufacturing.
In the program, assistant plant managers learn the concepts and knowledge essential for plant managers in a six-day training course and then have an opportunity to deepen their understanding through practical operations. In the meantime, to create "strong" plants, those who are appointed as plant managers participate in a two-day training course and a designated workshop that is held once in three months.
We organize two types of practical professional training aimed at cultivating key personnel who are anticipated to drive manufacturing innovation and reinforce SEQCDD improvement, namely MKP (Monozukuri Kakushin Pro Jissen Dojo, or manufacturing innovation professionals' workshop) and GKP (Genba Kaizen Pro Jissen Dojo, or on-site improvement professionals' workshop). Important challenges of the respective divisions are selected as the themes, and trainees are assigned to the divisions of their themes to perform practical activities for the solution of the challenges and problems.
Small group activities
The small group activities (called "SGA") are developed and promoted to solve problems and achieve objectives voluntarily on a workplace basis with the aims of developing human resources and energizing the workplace. We started ”SGA” in 1958 and are now widely expanding them overseas. Excellent examples of these activities are shared in the Sumitomo Electric Group ”SGA” Presentations.
The Sumitomo Electric Group Small Group Activity Convention was held in Osaka in August 2018 with the participation of 10 groups in total, consisting of six groups representing domestic divisions and four groups representing four overseas areas (Americas, Europe, China and ASEAN).