Education for Young People
- "New Horizons" Training Program for 10,000 Young People (Europe)
- Assisting Fashion Art School Students with Digital Textile Printing
- Watch Assembly Class (Japan)
- Support for marketing classes that connect students with the local community (Japan)
- Online Factory Tours for Elementary School Children (Japan)
- Educational Assistance for Children (India)
- Public Interest Incorporated Foundation:Epson International Scholarship Foundation (Japan)
- Epson Information Science Vocational School (Japan)
"New Horizons" Training Program for 10,000 Young People (Europe)
In 2019, Epson Europe B.V. launched New Horizons, an education program that reaches 10,000 youth in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. This program leverages Epson's storehouse of technology and expertise to draw out the creative potential of youngsters and elevate their understanding of sustainability.
In 2020, the spread of COVID-19 made it necessary to alter the initial action plan and take most of the activities online. Still, Epson Europe's Sustainability Manager developed and delivered a presentation on sustainability to a total of 4,684 middle school, high school, and university students in Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Spain. In Italy, moreover, a discussion was held with 480 teachers on creating a more sustainable future. In addition to providing a chance to think about the management and the responsibility of corporations, it was an excellent opportunity to find out what the younger generation thinks about environmental problems and their own roles therein, as well as to learn what they expect of corporations.
Assisting Fashion Art School Students with Digital Textile Printing
The apparel industry is faced with losses due to the disposal of a large amount of unsold products and environmental problems due to the large amount of water used in the dyeing process. Digital textile printing is a sustainable printing process that reduces environmental impacts, accommodates quick turnaround times, enables short-run production, and improves the working environment.
In the 2020 school year, Epson supported the production of digitally printed fashion pieces by graduating students of Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo. This provided students who will lead the fashion industry in the future and are interested in the societal issues facing the apparel industry with an opportunity to learn about digital textile printing and experience its value first-hand. In the process of completing their fashion pieces, the students saw for themselves the outstanding reproducibility of their designs and the environmental benefits of a printing process that uses a minimal amount of water. The teachers and students were extremely satisfied with the photo-quality reproduction. This was more than just a printing experience for the students. They also learned about digital printing and took advantage of its features in the creation of their pieces, thus taking a step forward toward creating a new form of clothing design in the future.
Watch Assembly Class (Japan)
Seiko Epson traces its roots to Daiwa Kogyo, a watch factory. Over the decades, we have developed world-class watch manufacturing technology and have master watchmakers (human capital).
We create opportunities at which people can experience the fun and lure of monozukuri, by holding local events and watch assembly classes for elementary and junior high school students. At a class held at Meizen Junior High School in Matsumoto City in September 2020, the students were asked to assemble tiny watch parts into a watch case, a task that demands perseverance and concentration. They caught a glimpse of the level of difficulty watchmaking entails, experienced the satisfaction of building their own timepiece, and gained a greater understanding of local industry.
Support for marketing classes that connect students with the local community (Japan)
From 2020 to 2021, Seiko Epson, along with local professional football (soccer) club Matsumoto Yamaga FC and 11 local companies, provided support for a hands-on marketing class for 60 students specializing in marketing at Suwa Vocational High School.
The purpose of the class is to teach students the basics of marketing and the importance of communication through actual corporate work experience and direct interaction with people in the field. The students played the role of sales representatives of Matsumoto Yamaga FC, devised a sales plan to enlist the support of local companies, and actually visited companies to present their proposals. Seiko Epson advised the students in planning process.
Students said that it was a valuable experience, one that showed them what a company is thinking when it goes about its work. It also served as an opportunity to think about community engagement and showed them the importance of not just proposing a project but of convincing others about its benefits.
Seiko Epson is committed to contributing to the development of our local youth together with Matsumoto Yamaga FC and local companies.
Online Factory Tours for Elementary School Children (Japan)
Akita Epson Corporation provides factory tours and opportunities to experience the fun of producing things to students of all ages. With it difficult to hold in-person events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EDION Group's Youmemiru Inc., Epson Sales Japan Corp., and Akita Epson collaborated to hold online factory tours for elementary school students. Nine tours were given from September 4 to 24, 2021. A total of 841 children from all over Japan (and some from overseas) who are studying at the "Robo-Done" robot programming class sponsored by Youmemiru Inc. participated in the tours and learned about things such as robot capabilities and advanced wristwatch assembly technology. Akita Epson employees urged the children to pursue their dreams, and the parents and children who participated told us how amazed they were that six-axis robots move like a hand and that they want to support their children's dreams.
Educational Assistance for Children (India)
Epson India Pvt. Ltd. (EPIL) believes in the importance of future childhood education and has an assistance program that focuses on underprivileged children. Over the past several years, EPIL has been distributing books, notebooks, and backpacks to public schools that serve underprivileged children primarily in the states of Karnataka, in southwest India where EPIL is located, and in the western state of Maharashtra. The number of recipient schools has been increasing by the year. The children were happy with their new gear that helped with their studies.
In the 2020 fiscal year, EPIL personnel were unable to physically visit schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, they delivered the writing materials necessary for learning to 277 public and private schools (17,223 students).
Public Interest Incorporated Foundation:Epson International Scholarship Foundation (Japan)
The Epson International Scholarship Foundation provides scholarship assistance to outstanding students from abroad who wish to study in Japan and to students from Japan who wish to study abroad. A total of 273 students have benefited from assistance since the Foundation was created in 1997. In 2020, face-to-face exchange events were restricted due to the pandemic, but in February 2021, an online alumni association entrance ceremony was held.
In addition to this, the Foundation also provides subsidies to cover things such as fees for participation in international exchange and research programs for young engineering researchers.
Epson Information Science Vocational School (Japan)
Our society is increasingly built around information. To meet the needs of changing times, we established the Epson Information Science Vocational School in 1989. Its purpose is to develop technical personnel who are trusted by the community and can make wide-ranging contributions to society. The school had 2,830 graduates as of March 2021.
Most of the instructors are engineers and developers who have corporate experience, including at Epson. Classes are designed to ensure that students acquire technical skills they can put to practical use on the job. As a result of the school's efforts, at least 95% of the students in each graduating class over the 30 years since the school first opened its doors have received informal employment offers before graduation. Moreover, 100% of the students in the class graduating in March 2021 had received offers.
Students have their choice of three disciplines: Information Systems, Information and Electronic Systems, and Information Business. The school is accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Moreover, MEXT recognizes all three disciplines as Professional Post-Secondary Courses1. A special class has also been set up to enable the top students to join Epson on school recommendation after graduation.
In February 2020, we received the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award, an award granted to the highest achieving companies and schools in Japan in a Digital Technology Certification test2. Only two organizations, our school and another one, won the group award, meaning that the efforts of our students earned recognition nationwide.
1 Courses recognized by MEXT have a curriculum designed to impart the latest practical skills and knowledge through close cooperation with enterprise and systematically seek to ensure the quality of more practical vocational training.
2 This is a certification that tests a wide range of knowledge from ICT and automatic control theory to designing and practical usage skills.