Developing People Needed by the Community

When we asked ourselves: “What sort of social contribution activities would meet the needs of regional communities and make the best use of Komatsu's strengths?” we arrive at the answer: “developing people.” We are working in cooperation with several entities, such as national and local governments, as well as schools, to carry out human resource development programs that are tailored to each region's needs and enable participants to acquire skills that will open up employment opportunities.

Various Areas and Forms of Support

Developing Human Resources Tailored to Regional Needs Worldwide

Using the know-how cultivated through our core business, Komatsu is supporting development of the kind of human resources that are needed, not only internally by our company, but for local communities.

Expectations for human resources can vary greatly from community to community. At Komatsu, as we do business on a global scale, we try to understand what each community needs and work on providing that support accordingly, in various areas and in different forms.

The pyramid graph below shows the different areas in which Komatsu is supporting human resource development. It also shows that the closer you get to the top of the pyramid, the more closely linked the program is with Komatsu businesses. The base of the pyramid shows our active support of activities such as science classes in elementary schools, mainly in different parts of Japan, the U.S.A. and Europe. The next level up is to provide basic education, which is support given to people who cannot or were not able to receive the level of education necessary to find employment, due to circumstances specific to the country or region. We currently run such programs in Chile and South Africa. At the next level, we support universities and vocational training schools in many regions by providing Komatsu's curriculum and equipment, as well as instructors. At the top of the pyramid, we are working with national and local governments and with our customers to develop human resources, particularly in regions where human resource development is a social challenge.

The actual content of the support given includes Komatsu providing instructors and trainers; providing teaching materials, equipment and facilities; accepting apprentices; and various other means through which the daily cultivated know-how can be put to best use.

Support for Developing Human Resources

Providing instructors

Providing teaching materials and equipment

Providing facilities and supporting operations

Accepting apprentices

Introducing Activities for FY2016
Nurturing Welding Engineers in India

Komatsu India Pvt. Ltd. (KIPL) Chennai Plant focuses on activities aimed at developing local communities. As one of these activities, KIPL has been working on supports for youths’ employment by sending two welding engineers working at KIPL to the Industrial Training Institute (ITI), a vocational training school supported by KIPL since 2010.

19 students currently attend a welder course at ITI, aged from 16 to 18 years old. The course comprises classroom study and on-site training. By providing both courses on rules and actual skills, the trainers are making efforts to hand down more practical technics to the students.

ITI once had had the problems that there were not enough educational facilities nor trainers, and that students were not provided with appropriate trainings before KIPL have decided to support them. Compared with the period without KIPL’s support, the ratio of graduates who achieved employment drastically leapt from about 20% to about 60%. Since 2010, KIPL has hired 11 graduates in total as apprentices for period of three to six months, and 5 of them were eventually promoted to full-time employees as welding engineers.

This endeavor has been growing as an approach appealing and meaningful to both KIPL and the students at ITI, since it allows KIPL to recruit quality students with immediate potential skills for work and the students to acquire skills to find employment at a manufacturing company while remaining at their hometown after graduation.

A scene of classwork
An exercise at a practical training shop