Komatsu Australia and Cummins
Australia have been spearheading a global initiative by the two companies to
invest in technical education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds
around Australia, with program launches in Queensland and Western Australian
colleges during 2016.
In April 2016, Komatsu Ltd
President and CEO Tetsuji Ohashi and Cummins Inc Chairman and CEO Tom
Linebarger signed a global corporate responsibility partnership agreement to
improve communities around the world.
This partnership aims to build on
the two companies' already strong business relationship.
Both companies have invested in
technical education in their communities – including in Australia – as social
contribution activities and have already partnered in some community projects.
Following this global signing, in
December 2016, Komatsu Australia and Cummins Australia signed an agreement for
our region, committing both companies to working on plans for Technical
Education for Communities (TEC) programs around the country.
The first of these TEC programs had
been rolled out earlier in 2016, one at Perth’s Clontarf Aboriginal College and
two in Brisbane, one at WesTEC College, Springfield and one at YMCA Logan.
The first intake from Clontarf
Aboriginal College took place during the final term of 2016, and involved four
students being offered opportunities to gain experience at Komatsu and Cummins
At both WesTEC College and YMCA
Logan, in Brisbane’s southwestern suburbs, Komatsu and Cummins have contributed
to the establishment of Certificate II Automotive Engineering programs.
These coincide with the regular
curriculum for the final two years of senior school, and link to the Queensland
Government’s Queensland Job skills program.
Up to 30 students from
disadvantaged background have been participating in each program – a total of
60 students across the two institutions.
These programs involve the students
attending their usual high schools for four days a week, plus spending a day a
week at either WesTEC or YMCA Logan on their Certificate II studies.
These studies include “soft skills”
components – a combination of interpersonal people skills, social skills,
communication skills, career attributes and emotional intelligence that enable
people to effectively navigate their environment, work well with others,
perform well, and achieve their goals.
At the end of this process, these
students will be in a position to apply for Komatsu Australia’s apprenticeship
program intakes in 2018 and 2019 – although the first student from this region
has been employed as a Komatsu apprentice under this program from the beginning
Komatsu and Cummins contributed to
the establishment of the WesTEC College program through participation in its
governance board, providing audits to ensure compliance with industry HSE
standards, and assisting in the launch of the Queensland Government’s newly
launched Jobs Queensland white paper.
Komatsu also hosted a field day at
its Sherwood facilities in late August to show WesTEC College students the
standards expected of them in industry, as well as highlighting the many career
pathways resulting from employment within the company.
In addition, two students from the
YMCA Logan program were provided with a week’s work experience at Sherwood,
allowing them to participate in a variety of workshop activities.
“At Komatsu, we are delighted to be
participating in such programs as part of our commitment to our corporate
social responsibility and diversity strategy,” said Colin Shaw, Komatsu
Australia’s General Manager, People and Strategy.
“Our aim is to have 120 students
participating in this program around Australia by the end of 2017.
“These programs are also a means of
ensuring these young people improve their employment readiness and have a
pathway to careers in our industry.
“In addition, our commitment to and
involvement in these TEC programs are an ideal complement to our work with the
Beacon Foundation, which has its focus on educational and employment
opportunities as alternatives to welfare for years 7 to 10 students,” Colin