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Updated on September 7, 2016

Nurturing and Leveraging Engineering Talent

For Sony to continue moving forward with originality, it must constantly generate innovations and apply them to earn new customers. To achieve that, Sony's engineers must envision products that appeal to today's sensibilities, while also continuing to create Sony technologies that ensure that customers directly experience new value.

Key Technology Training Courses

  • Key Technology training course
Approximately 200 Sony engineers with frontline expertise in key technological fields develop curricula and textbooks for use in Key Technology training courses, aiming to enhance the expertise of engineers. These courses also offer opportunities to study leading-edge technologies from external experts. More than 5,000 employees take part in these training courses every year.

Sony enhances the skills of its new recruits by offering them general technological training designed by leading Group engineering experts, as well as specialized training programs developed by each of Sony's business units, which are designed to familiarize the trainees with technologies specific to each business. Furthermore, under the guidance of their supervisors and tutors, the recruits participate in theme-based training, which addresses issues that arise in real everyday work. This gives them a better understanding of the importance of communication and how business is conducted, thereby preparing them for future challenges early in their careers.

Sony Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award

  • Sony Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Awards ceremony
Meanwhile, in an effort to raise the level of its in-house technologies, Sony has put systems in place for recognizing engineering excellence.
In fiscal 2003, Sony established the Sony Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award to recognize Sony Group employees who have developed innovations that create new value for customers and have worked hard to solve advanced technical problems by applying specialized expertise and knowledge. Intended to increase the motivation of engineers, the award has encouraged employees to be proactive in addressing challenges and has also promoted a corporate culture that emphasizes value creation. Between fiscal 2003 and fiscal 2015, a total of 263 employees were honored with the MVP Award.

Distinguished Engineer System

  • Distinguished Engineer recognition ceremony
Sony has designated its outstanding engineers with the title "Distinguished Engineer" since fiscal 2006. With the adoption of a new human resources system in fiscal 2015, however, Sony terminated this system and launched a new Distinguished Engineer (DE) system in July 2015. The Distinguished Engineer designation is a group-wide system for providing recognition to employees who possess outstanding technical expertise in Sony's key technological fields and have made a significant contribution to Sony. The new DE system shows that "the face of Sony technology" is important to Sony because it plays a leading role in resolving problems and technology strategies. By publicizing this system group-wide, Sony enables its Distinguished Engineers to serve as role models for younger engineers. The global, group-wide launch of this system has helped to provide solutions for issues at their respective departments, while creating technology-based inter-organizational ties which can be expected to contribute in many different ways, including human resources development.
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