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Launch of JITCO Skill Map Promotion Project and Introduction of Events Participated in by Technical Intern Trainees

January 2017
Hitachi Ibaraki Technical Service, Ltd.

 Eight of the Filipino technical intern trainees at Hitachi Ibaraki Technical Service (Tom, Romnick, Jeffrey, Harvey, Marc, Nataniel, Mervie, and Emerlyn) will be back to the Philippines this spring after completing 3 years as technical intern trainees. It is with prayers for their increasing success that we submit this article.

JITCO Skill Map Promotion Project Launched and Technical Intern Trainees’ Skills Improved

 At our plant, each individual task is performed only by qualified personnel (accredited workers). Likewise, the technical intern trainees cannot work unless they meet the prescribed level of technical skill. At the company, a skill map for each person is posted to make it clear who has what qualifications.

 JITCO’s Skill Map Promotion Project has the same philosophy as our company’s, and it is based on increasing the desire to acquire skills and visualizing the results. When we first launched this project, both the workplace instructors and technical intern trainees were confused in some ways about the skills assessment and goal-setting, but it helped improve mutual communication, boost skills, maintain motivation, and improve work efficiency, and if we compare things before and after launching the project, the technical intern trainees improved their skills for performing their internship duties at a faster rate thanks to clear goal-setting.

 As proof extolling the cooperation between us and JITCO in achieving the technical intern trainees’ occupational goals, JITCO’s “Skill Map Certification” has come to hold special meaning for the technical intern trainees. And, inspired by the trainees’ efforts, the motivation of the company’s employees has also improved.


  • Certification being awarded to 8th term technical intern trainees (Tom, Romney, Jeff).

    Certification being awarded to 8th term technical intern trainees (Tom, Romnick, Jeffrey).

  • Certification being awarded to 9th term technical intern trainees (Harvey, Mark, Atan, Marvy, Emerline).

    Certification being awarded to 9th term technical intern trainees (Harvey, Marc, Nataniel, Mervie, Emerlyn).

  • Assembling the stator coil of a wind power generator.

    Assembling the stator coil of a wind power generator.

  • Assembling a wind power generator.

    Assembling a wind power generator.

  • Morning safety work risk prognostication actions.

    Morning safety work risk forecast actions.

  • Risk isolation and countermeasure board that a technical intern trainee (Jeff) created as a leader.

    Risk isolation and countermeasure board that a technical intern trainee (Jeffrey) created as a leader.

  • A technical intern trainee (Romney) instructing Japanese workers on the work of assembling a wind power generator. In 2 years as a trainee, he acquired skills enabling him to instruct Japanese workers (new employees or those who had changed professions).

    A technical intern trainee (Romnick) instructing Japanese workers on the work of assembling a wind power generator. In 2 years as a trainee, he acquired skills enabling him to instruct Japanese workers (new employees or those who had changed professions).

  • In improvement activities, a team including technical intern trainees earned the top spot among 32 teams in the company and was recognized by the company president as the best team.

    In improvement activities, a team including technical intern trainees earned the top spot among 32 teams in the company and was recognized by the company president as the best team.

  • Technical intern trainees also participate actively in training sessions held at the workplace.

    Technical intern trainees also participate actively in training sessions held at the workplace.

On Technical Intern Training: In the Words of Technical Intern Trainee Representative Nataniel

“I learned that the reason Japanese products are great is because they put customers first, produce products carefully, and have extremely highly skilled technical capabilities. I also learned the importance of everyone in the workplace cooperating and working together. After returning to my country, I want to put into practice the manufacturing spirit I learned in Japan and try to be an engineer with an even greater skill level.”
(The “Impressions of Technical Intern Training” essay written by Nataniel can be accessed here.)

Introduction of Events Participated in by Technical Intern Trainees in 2016

 To make their technical intern training lifestyle meaningful for the trainees, they participated actively in not only work but also workplace events, informal events, and recreation. We will introduce some of those activities here.

  • In Feb. 2016, they participated in an interdepartmental “giant jump rope competition.”

  • In May 2016, they participated in a “Pang Pong competition” among teams held at the workplace. *Pang Pong is a sport original to Hitachi, Ltd. and an event that falls between softball tennis and ping pong.

  • In July 2016, they participated as members of the Hitachi Group in cheering on the “Intercity Baseball Tournament” held at the Tokyo Dome. The Hitachi, Ltd. baseball team marked the year of its 100th anniversary by winning 2nd place.

  • In Aug. 2016, they wore summer kimonos and participated in the Hitachi Office Summer Festival.

  • In Dec. 2016 they participated in the “Interdepartmental Long-distance Relay Race.” The team of technical intern trainees did well, coming in 38th out of 129 teams.



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