October 24, 2013 6:55 PM
Hello, readers! I am Yunoki of Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (SEST).
Although it is hot throughout the year in Thailand, the climate around this time of year is more moderate than the intense heat of late summer in Japan. I hope that you all take good care of yourselves.
▲ From left: myself, Mr. Chaturon Chaisang (Minister of Education), and an instructor from Bangpakong Vocational College
In May 2010, SEST began to work on Dual Vocational Training (DVT), a program endorsed by the government of Thailand, in cooperation with its neighboring Bangpakong Vocational College. Under the DVT, private companies with the latest equipment play a major role in helping young people in Thailand obtain high-level technological knowledge and skills through on-the-job training (OJT) and other efforts as part of their school education. Engaged in the program are 421 vocational schools throughout Thailand and even more private companies. Recently, SEST was selected from among many participating companies as one of the 63 companies that have made a considerable contribution to this program. On August 19, SEST was commended by the Thai Minister of Education.
▲From left: Ms. Jiraporn (manager of the SEST administration department), myself, Mr. Chaloempon Jittipasata (director of Bangpakong College), Mr. Chawalit Lampongm (deputy director of Bangpakong College), and Mr. Teerapong Watayotha (from the DVT team leader project)
Mainly for financially disadvantaged students who go to Bangpakong Vocational College, SEST provides a two-week DVT program every month, in which students can receive not only skills training and English education, but also a lecture on the Sumitomo Business Spirit. Moreover, SEST annually invites these students’ families and the vocational college’s professors to the company so that they can understand more about the company, and provides them with an in-depth explanation on the contents of the program. We are proud that on such occasions, many of the families and school instructors have expressed their appreciation to the company.
We are always struck by the way that such students, who are as old as our own children, work very hard to acquire various skills through our program. I sometimes enjoy chatting with them over tea, which is a good way of having a fun break time.
▲ Student participating in the training
▲ Observing the training
Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Established in 1996 as a manufacturing and sales company for sintered components, Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is an affiliated company belonging to the sintered parts group of the Sumitomo Electric Group. The company will celebrate its 17th anniversary this year. Having overcome various difficulties, such as the Asian currency crisis that hit the company immediately after it began operations, the economic confusion triggered by the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in 2008, and the Thai flooding in 2011, the company continues expanding its sales. Currently employing more than 600 staff members, the company has grown into a major production base with one of the largest plants of all the factories that the sintered parts group has outside Japan.