Clark locator sends Filipino trainees to Japan
CLARK FREEPORT—Amid the rising demand for its touch panel products, SMK Electronics Philippines Corp. has packaged an overseas training program with Japanese authorities to upgrade technical skills and employment in the Clark Freeport Zone Area.
A locator since 2001, SMK-PH continues to take in applicant-trainees for the next batch to be sent to Toyama City.
In a joint program of the Japan Ministry of Industry & Trade together with the Japan International Trade Cooperation Organization SMK has sent for training close to 400 engineers, analysts, production leaders and operators in Quality Control and Quality Audit.
“This is a great opportunity for our workers and our new engineering graduates from Pampanga because rare is the opportunity to have a highly technical training that is practically an all- expense paid,” said Herrie Raymond Rivera, SMK-PH general affairs and Human Resource Manager.
Clark Freeport is a leading producer of widely-used touch panel products such as mobile phones, tablets and computer monitors. The range includes panels for satellite navigation, ATM machines, Point-Of-Sale registry, remote controls, other electronic devices.
Last Dec. 8, the firm sent its 26th Trainee-batch to Japan, according to Rivera, who is in charge with the Overseas Training Program.
After a one to three year training, the trainees return to SMK-PH where they will be assigned as section managers, supervisors and line leaders.
This year, SMK-PH will recruit top engineering graduates from universities across the province, said Rivera.
“They will rain overseas in design, production engineering (process and machine), production planning and Quality Control,” he said.
Those who qualify will undergo three months immersion at SMK-PH factory, 70 hours Basic Japanese language training, Japanese culture and lifestyle orientation, Training Program Code of Conduct while their documents are being processed.
Rivera said SMK-PH would shoulder training, applicable salaries, cost of documentation such as passport, local clearances and certificates to air fare.
For Touch Panel production, SMK Toyama City has served as the training site for SMK-PH staff.
Located in southern part of Japan, the Toyama prefecture has lush mountains and many historical sites.
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