Training and Education

Training and Education

Technology Training Sessions at Schools for the Disabled

Iida Plant, Citizen Watch Manufacturing

Technology Training Sessions at Schools for the Disabled

Since 2002, we have cooperated with Iida Special Need Education School to offer regularly scheduled technical training sessions in watch manufacturing. In addition to hiring many graduates, we have also increased the students' interest in working by means of these training sessions and helped them assume their place in society.

Experiential Learning Workshop in Watch Assembly for Parents and Children

Iida Plant, Citizen Watch Manufacturing

Experiential Learning Workshop in Watch Assembly for Parents and Children

The company aims to introduce children and youth to a local company and increase their interest in monodzukuri, leading to increased awareness of working among the young people who will be the next generation. One part of the Super Science Promotion Project for training youth in the city of Iida is "You are the master worker of the future," a program we have conducted every year since 2007.

Working support to children in the child protection facilities

Citizen Holdings, Citizen Watch, Citizen Buisiness Expert

Working support to children in the child protection facilities

In the past, Citizen Holdings has provided work experience for junior and senior high school students living in children’s homes through an NPO called bridge force mile. Many children who live in children’s homes must leave when they reach age 18 and enter the workforce.
Many high school students in their final year, however, begin their job-search activities without a good understanding of what it means to work and what types of jobs are available. Programs were conducted to teach students about office etiquette, organization and tidiness, and the importance of teamwork through activities such as watch assembly and distribution and to provide opportunities to think about their futures through interactions with employees.

Factory Tours

Tohoku Plant, Citizen Watch Manufacturing

Factory Tours

As part of its social contribution efforts, Citizen Watch Manufacturing offers tours of its Tohoku Plant to children and other members of the local community who are interested in manufacturing. These tours also offer the company an opportunity to communicate with local community members. With the cooperation of the city of Kitakami, Iwate, where the plant is located, these tours are promoted on the city’s website. In addition to visitors from Kitakami, the tours are attracting visitors from cities all over Iwate and from other prefectures as well. In fiscal 2015, a total of 436 people visited the plant.

“Take Your Child to Work Day” for Employee Families

Citizen Electronics

“Take Your Child to Work Day” for Employee Families

Every year, to coincide with schools’ summer holidays, Citizen Electronics holds “Take Your Child to Work Day” for the children of its employees. As an effort related to the Law for Measures to Support the Development of the Next Generation, “Take Your Child to Work Day” was held for the 11th time in 2015. The day event offers a variety of activities that help deepen the bond between parent and child and convey the excitement of manufacturing to children, including a make-your-own lamp activity using packaging for LED lighting, the mainstay product of Citizen Electronics; an educational tour of the company, which includes a quiz; and lunch in the employee cafeteria. The event is always a great success, with a large number of employee family members participating every year.

Workplace Experience Lesson to Cultivate the Next Generation (2013 to present)

Tohoku Kitakami Plant, Citizen Watch Manufacturing

Workplace Experience Lesson to Cultivate the Next Generation (2013 to present)

To have fourth-year to sixth-year elementary school children in Kitakami, Iwate, experience work and social life, employees at Citizen Watch Manufacturing’s Tohoku Kitakami Plant have been participating in “Oni Job Fair for Kids,” an event that aims to teach children about society while having them enjoy games and other activities, since 2013. At these events, employees conduct lessons to give children the chance to experience the working environment of various professions, including firefighters, pastry chefs, and beauty consultants. Employees also run a booth where children can learn about the assembly of watches with Cal. 2035 movement specifications, which is carried out at the Tohoku Kitakami Plant, thereby helping them increase their knowledge of watches and experience the excitement and complexity of watch manufacturing. Going forward, Citizen Watch Manufacturing will continue to participate in “Oni Job Fair for Kids” in order to have local children gain an interest in watches and their manufacture.

SouSou Children’s Science Fair

Tohoku Soma Plant, Citizen Watch Manufacturing

SouSou Children’s Science Fair

The SouSou Children’s Science Fair 2015 was held on November 7, 2015, in the town of Minamisoma, Fukushima. The SouSou Children’s Science Fair is an interactive event that aims to teach children about scientific technology, manufacturing, and local culture in a fun and playful manner. Since 2014, employees of Citizen Watch Manufacturing’s Tohoku Soma Plant have been running an exhibit at this event. Children who visited the exhibit participated in “one wrist watch for the whole world,” an activity where they paint a picture freely on the face of a clock. On the day of the event, employees were able to observe children participating in the activity in a serious yet joyful manner, seeing their smiles as they felt a sense of accomplishment after completing their watches. Through workplace experiences and interactive events, such as the SouSou Children’s Science Fair, employees of Citizen Watch Manufacturing’s Tohoku Soma Plant will continue to deepen their exchange with local residents and contribute to the local community.

Career Lecture for Local Junior High and High School Students

Miyota Works, Citizen Finedevice

Citizen Finedevice’s Miyota Works sends its employees to speak at lectures related to career guidance for local junior high and high school students. At the lectures, employees discuss how to prepare oneself for life as a working adult. A few days after these lectures were held in 2015, employees received letters from several of the participating students in which they commented, “I was surprised at how different life as a full-time employee is from that of a part-time worker,” “The lectures made me think about why people work,” and “The lectures were a good opportunity for me to consider my future.”

Technology Classes at a Special Needs School in Iida (2002 to present)

Iida Plant, Citizen Watch Manufacturing

Technology Classes at a Special Needs School in Iida (2002 to present)

Employees at Citizen Watch Manufacturing’s Iida Plant cooperate with a local special needs school to implement a series of classes on technology used in watch manufacturing for second-year high school students. Employees visit the school from April through August to conduct a total of five classes on such topics as manufacturing technologies, transferring to Citizen Watch Manufacturing’s Watch School, and assembling finished watches. Guided by the idea that there are ways to support students other than simply employing them, these classes have been carried out 14 times thus far, with a total of 196 students participating (as of March 2016) and learning about the basics of watch assembly. In fiscal 2011, these classes were recognized through the Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award program, receiving the Excellence Prize in the Youth Support Division.

Science Handicraft Workshop for Children (1988 to present)

Iida Plant, Citizen Watch Manufacturing

Science Handicraft Workshop for Children

The Science Handicraft Workshop for Children is an event sponsored by Iida City Hall, the Iida City Museum, and the Nagano Techno Foundation and is held four times a year. Citizen Watch Manufacturing’s Iida Plant sends employees to conduct a course at the event that offers participants an opportunity to experience the joy and excitement of manufacturing. Furthermore, the “Company Products and Technological Capabilities” section of the course introduces products manufactured locally by Citizen Watch Manufacturing that boast worldwide popularity. This section is especially popular with the children who participate in the course.