Human Resource Development

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Basic Philosophy

We aim at the development of those who can communicate the company's traditional attitude of emphasizing quality-oriented principle to younger employees, and also those who are dependable and have the ability to cope with changes inside and outside the organization and follow through reforms. To this end, we implement diverse education and training programs systematically, based on our corporate Human Resources Development Concept, with the aim of ensuring continuous capacity building of employees.

Education / Training Programs

Our education and training activities consist mainly of OJT (on-the-job-training), through which employees are trained to acquire technologies and knowledge in their normal working situation. We also offer OFF-JT (off-the-job-training), providing employees with new technologies, knowledge, and skills outside their respective workplaces.
We have a wide range of OFF-JT programs that include training by organizational level and role to provide necessary knowledge and skills, product quality education, environment and safety education, manufacturing education, education in global business and career development support. During fiscal 2016, 6,754 employees participated in OFF-JT programs.
We are promoting ETP (Education & Training Planning) system intended to improve ability of employees necessary for the individual departments besides provision of the education programs. In reference to the abilities needed by the company in the expected role evaluation of the newly introduced personnel management system, those necessary for the individual departments are specifically defined. Then the system will be implemented by conducting the education and training systematically for improving the specific ability. Evaluation and education in the respective departments for the ability improvement are coordinated integratedly so that the system is operated to achieve the companywide improvement for competitiveness.

Education and training
Education and Training System Diagram

Implementation of training

FY2014 FY2015 FY2016
Total hours of training* 88,333 82,059 84,816

*The total of hours x the number of students, for training (level-specific training, global training etc.) conducted by the Human Resources Dept. Training not conducted by the Human Resources Dept. is not included.

Efforts to Upgrade Monozukuri Skills

NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. is a manufacturing company, and maintaining and upgrading our monozukuri (manufacturing) skills is essential in order to continue producing quality items. However, there are concerns about a decline in monozukuri skills in companies in general due to the mass retirement of the baby boomers and the shift of young people away from monozukuri with the changing times. Therefore, we established the Monozukuri Education and Training Center and continually provide education and training on the necessary knowledge and skills at the appropriate times.
At the Monozukuri Education and Training Center, we prepare practical experience kits and have the elaborated curriculum corresponding to the level of knowledge and skills of the trainees (levels 0-3) so that they can complete the work on an interactive basis in the small group. The education and training is centered on “safety, quality, maintenance, and improvement”, based on which we establish rules to be observed by the trainees. We place importance on development of human resources through the education and training so that they are well adapted to social life. Since establishment of the system in 2014, we are providing education for new employees (Level 0), education for departmental transferees, seminars for suppliers, education for general applicants, and education for manufacturing departments. We have upgraded those programs to support overseas business activities and enhance the curriculums. We also engage in development of e-learning educational environment.

Practical training in the use of tools