Initiatives for Human Resource Development

  The Yamaha Group endeavors to encourage skill development of" employees" regardless of race, age, gender and other unrelated factors and aims to develop human resources that can put into practice the Yamaha values of being Customer-Oriented and Quality-Conscious. In addition, as part of efforts to create an environment that protects Yamaha technology and traditions as well as enables manufacturing that is revered around the world, we do our best to pass down skills and develop human resources in both Japan and abroad.

Job-Tailored Training and Education

  Yamaha Corporation believes that creating a mutually beneficial relationship between the employee and the Company inspires motivation. Therefore, the Company works to create a system that is equally focused on education and training and career development as the basis for nurturing human resources that can act globally. Each training program is tailored to a specific objective in one of the following categories: Stratified Training, Strategic Personnel Development, Function-Specific Training and Self-Development Education.

  The Stratified Training program provides training programs aligned to career turning points in order to raise the overall level of human resources by enhancing the skills of individual employees. The Strategic Personnel Development program includes the Yamaha Global Institute, the Yamaha Management Institute and the Manufacturing Base Management Development program, which aim to mold the personnel who will be the backbone of the Company in the future, both in Japan and overseas. Other programs designed to cultivate the next generation of core employees include the Yamaha Advanced Skill School and Technology Training Center, held at production facilities in Japan. Under the Function-Specific Training program employees are trained in core technologies, undertake Monozukuri Education seminars and courses in international awareness. Finally, in the Self-Development Education program, Yamaha provides support for employees' self-directed studies, including through the Yamaha Business School, a distance learning-based program.

  Yamaha also provides employees approaching the age of 50 with career support through opportunities and information to help them consider their individual life paths, and offers “Life Design Seminars” to support their future careers. For employee two years prior to reaching retirement age, Yamaha provides seminars in preparation for a second life covering lifestyle themes for people over 60.

  Going forward, Yamaha will further strengthen its programs for providing employees with the highly specialized job-specific training and education they need to perform at a higher level in fulfilling the Yamaha values of being Customer-Oriented and Quality-Conscious.

Life Design Seminar
Number of times held: 4 Number of participants: 173
Seminars in preparation for a second life
Number of times held: 8 Number of participants: 282 + 118 accompanying persons
Total: 455

An Environment that Supports Manufacturing and Transmission of Skills

  The Yamaha Group aims to create an optimal production structure while clarifying the roles and functions of each of its bases in Japan and overseas. China and Indonesia, for example, are designated as key manufacturing bases for affordably priced products, including pianos, string, percussion and wind instruments, and electronic musical instruments. We dispatch many technicians and supervisors from Japan to provide support and guidance at these sites. In Japan, we consolidated our production bases for pianos into Kakegawa Factory in August 2010. In March 2012, we finished integrating wind instrument production into the Toyooka Factory. Both the Kakegawa Factory and the Toyooka Factory have been positioned as bases for the production of high-value-added products. We will work to develop technologies that are highly competitive in the global market and continue to steadily pass down essential skills for musical instrument production.

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