Developing Human Resources
Human Resource Development
At Kurita Water Industries Ltd., groups responsible for training based on the training system provide human resource education to develop human resources, and in fiscal 2017, 646 people, including employees of domestic Group companies, received the training. In fiscal 2017, the Kurita Executive Development Program (KEDP) was held for the first time for local managers of overseas subsidiaries and affiliates, and 9 people at seven overseas companies took part in the training.
In addition to training by the department responsible for education, the Business Division takes the lead in conducting training that is primarily to provide knowledge and skills related to products, technologies, and services. In the Water Treatment Chemicals Group, not only Kurita Water Industries’ employees but also those of its domestic Group companies and some overseas business companies involved in the water treatment chemicals business and employees of domestic agents are provided with training related to various issues including boilers, cooling water, and communication skills, and in fiscal 2017,
274 people received the training. On the other hand, in the Water Treatment Facilities Group, the Technical & Career (T&C) Support Center, which was established to handle technical and human resource training related to water treatment plants, provides various types of training, including training so that participants can acquire knowledge of water and wastewater and improve their ultrapure water sampling skills, to Kurita Water Industries, employees involved in sales, technology, maintenance, and construction. A total of 443 people have taken this training over the years. There is also training to improve the maintenance skills of the local staff of overseas subsidiaries and affiliates, and 34 people received such training in fiscal 2017.
Self-Reporting System Launched
In order to create an environment conductive to work for employees, Kurita Water Industries Ltd. created a system so that employees can clearly express not only their thoughts on operations they are responsible for and their workplace but also their intention to develop and make use of their skills to the Company. By having superiors hold discussions with employees on various issues, including employees’ aptitude for their current work, desire for a transfer to help them build a future career, and family situation, once a year, the Company acquires an understanding of employees’ ideas and applies those to human resource training and efforts to invigorate the organization.
Providing Opportunities for Personal Development
Kurita Water Industries Ltd. has established a study-abroad system to provide employees with the opportunity to study at educational institutions and research organizations both in Japan and overseas and an educational loan system to lend students who meet certain conditions educational funds in fields important for the Company. In addition to in-house training, including the "Greater Adaptability to Globalization Course" for developing human resources who can play an active role throughout the world, which includes language study, and the Technical Skills Course, a course in which top people in various technical fields pass on their knowledge as instructors, there are more than 200 correspondence courses and school-based courses so that employees can acquire a broad range of knowledge and skills.