Support that Helps Foster the Next Generation
Accepting Students for On-the-Job Experience and Factory Tours
The Yamaha Group accepts requests from regional schools to offer workplace experience to junior and senior high school children. In fiscal 2011, Yamaha Corporation's Kakegawa Factory, Yamaha Music Craft Corporation and the Hamamatsu Branch of Yamaha Music Tokai Co., Ltd. provided on-the-job experience to around 20 children over 11 occasions. The initiative, which aims to contribute to the local community, provides an opportunity for students to experience the joys and hardships of work life, as well as learn social manner. It serves to provide students with a sense of what it is like to have a career as well as a better outlook on life. The Group has heard various opinions from students on the experience with wide-ranging views and thoughts. Some students were greatly impressed how craftsmen could skillfully handle jobs that at first appeared simple but were in fact more complicated than expected. Others have commented that they now realize a variety of jobs are involved in making and selling an instrument that can be enjoyed by the customer.
Students participating in on-the-job experience and how to manufacture musical instruments
On-the-job experience at a sales store
Contributing to Human Resource Development by Supporting Vocational Schools
Yamaha Electronics (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
Yamaha Electronics (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. (YES) implemented a two-year skills training program for students attending vocational schools in Gansu Province. In fiscal 2011, approximately 50 students received technical guidance on soldering, screw fastening and machine assembly by YES engineers as well as practical on-the-job training at the YES factory. The on-the-job training course accepted students from vocational schools in Gansu and Yunnan provinces in fiscal 2011, with the number of students that received training exceeding 900 as of the end of fiscal 2011.
Students from the skills training program in fiscal 2011
Activities that Help Educate Young Children in China's Western Region
Xiaoshan Yamaha Musical Instrument Co., Ltd.
Xiaoshan Yamaha Musical Instrument Co., Ltd. has provided donations and engaged in related activities to help provide an education to impoverished children unable to go to school since 2006.
Yamaha has provided donations through the Gesanghua Schooling Support Association of Qinghai for the purpose of providing economic aid. Funds are used to help educate young children in China's western region including Qinghai Province. We have received numerous letters of appreciation and comments from recipients of this aid. Students about to graduate have provided us with wonderful reports and news of their advance to higher education.
Handmade Guitar Workshop and Other Programs for Children
Yamaha Corporation provides programs for children focused on the themes of manufacturing and science in response to the requests of the local community. In fiscal 2011, the Company held several events that provided an opportunity for youngsters to experience the mechanisms of sound through musical instruments. Such events included “Make and Play a Handmade Guitar – Oneness” held in collaboration with an NPO group led by university students in which children created their own handmade one-string guitars that they then had fun playing together. In another event is the workshop which disassemble a piano, children learned about the properties and structure of materials used in upright pianos that they got to take apart.
Children crafting their handmade one-string guitars
Children performing with the handmade guitars they created in the guitar workshop
Observing the inside of a piano