Human resources development

Global human resources development

Aichi Steel is accelerating efforts to develop diverse human resources with globally competitive capabilities.
For younger employees, this means acquiring specialized core capabilities, mental toughness and language skills. Our Overseas Trainee (OT) program offers young employees to learn how to work overseas by placing them with our business entities outside Japan, where they work with national staff to accomplish tasks based on specific themes.

Technical Training Institute students are also given ongoing English language training, and engage in communication and interaction with national university students during overseas training.


Review of OT training system

Toshikazu Nagai
(in charge of Overseas Trainee (OT) program)
Labor Management Team
Labor Management Dept.,
Human Resources Div.

We reviewed the Overseas Trainee (OT) program and opened applications for the new program from April 2017. In this new program, we focused on providing real work experiences at overseas affiliates, and on language studies to enable Japanese employees to work alongside local employees using the local language.

The main changes were increasing the training period from a maximum of six months to more than one year, and including non-English-speaking countries (Thailand, Indonesia, China, the Czech Republic and Germany) in the countries where we place participants. We believe these changes will improve understanding of the local languages and cultures, and enhance relationships with local staff.

As we increase our physical presence around the world, we are providing more opportunities for our young employees to work overseas. The real-life experiences provided in this training system 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

Specialized technical training for all skilled workers in forging plants commenced in August 2016 to provide systematic training on the knowledge and skills needed at that plants.

The training is intended to raise understanding and lead to improvements in the purposes and “why” of each task. 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 (Rank C, Rank B, and Rank A), and the training is organized so that workers learn in steps (Rank C: five years after joining the company; Rank B: 10 years after joining the company; Rank A: first-level supervisor).

The hands-on training combines knowledge learning and practical skills acquisition. Trainee proficiency is confirmed through testing, 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 first-rank certification.

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 successor works will be encouraged.

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  • On-site explanation of an improvement example On-site explanation of an improvement example
  • A certification ceremony A certification ceremony