Samsung operates a wide range of partner programs that help partner businesses grow by providing training, financing or support for new technology development. As a result, we were awarded the highest rating on the Win-Win Index for ten consecutive years from 2011 through 2020 – a semiconductor industry first.
The Win-Win Index, hosted by the Shared Growth Committee, measures conglomerates’ progress in promoting mutual growth with small and medium companies. The higher the rating, the more the conglomerate has contributed to narrowing the gap with smaller companies, and as a result, it is possible to say we have contributed to fostering mutual growth for a healthier society.
Back in 2005, Samsung, understanding the importance of mutual growth with partners, included “Being a socially responsible corporate citizen” as one of the five business principles announced that year. The others were: complying with laws and ethical standards, maintaining a clean organizational culture, respecting customers, shareholders and employees, as well as caring for the environment, safety and health.
One of the ways we put our values into action was by offering high-quality training to our partners at no cost through such programs as the Partner Collaboration Academy and Semiconductor-facilities Technology Academy (SfTA).
The Partner Collaboration Academy and Semiconductor-facilities Technology Academy (SfTA) played significant roles in Samsung being awarded top ratings in the Win-Win Index for ten consecutive years.
- Kim Hyeonjin, SfTA 1st Season Honor Graduate
After graduating from college, Kim Hyeonjin worked as a piping assistant for a year before applying to SfTA. Over the course of 15 weeks, she took field classes that covered semiconductor piping extensively and she received one-on-one instructions from experts in the field. After completing the course, she shared how the academy had helped her gain the skills she needed.
The Partnership Academy and SfTA continue developing programs to offer partner employees the practical training they need to grow and further their careers. In doing so, the academies are producing field experts that contribute to a strong workforce sustaining the foundations for a bright future.
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Located in Suwon, the Partnership Academy offers a host of opportunities for employees at our first- and second-tier major partner companies.
The courses are taught by experts including professors, with topics ranging from leadership and global quality to production, quality maintenance and sales. Out of the 500 or so courses, 70% involve practical training for partner employees to develop the functional skills they can apply to their careers. And by gathering feedback from our partners, whether it’s by visiting partner sites or through other methods, we continue to develop and improve the curricula further to customize the courses to our partners’ needs. Depending on the course, classes are available at the Academy in Suwon or online, and they are all available for free.
The Semiconductor-facilities Technology Academy, or SfTA, opened its doors in February 2018 and has been offering long-term training on fine piping for semiconductor facilities. The academy is run by eight Samsung Semiconductor partners and Samsung supports the costs as well as provides facilities, equipment and materials. The training facilities were modeled on actual Samsung Semiconductor facilities for trainees to develop a deeper understanding of Samsung Semiconductor’s production and piping design and construction. Over the past years, the semiconductor industry experienced a shortage of workers, even with high unemployment rates among the younger generation.
By training young partner employees to become skilled technicians, SfTA has been helping to create a professional workforce for the semiconductor industry. In 2019, all 30 of the first academy graduates found full-time jobs at either Samsung Semiconductors or the eight participating partners, and have since been working in a range of areas, from semiconductor infrastructure facility installation and maintenance to repair.