Career Development and Opportunities to Excel

Supporting employees in developing their own career path

SoftBank Group Corp., SoftBank Corp.

Supporting employees in developing their own career path

In September 2010, SoftBank Group Corp. (“SBG”) and SoftBank established SoftBank University, an evolved form of the existing core capability training, aiming to develop personnel who contribute to the realization of management goals. SoftBank University provides traditional classroom training as well as programs carried out in SoftBank Group's distinctive learning style by utilizing ICT and a virtual environment, including Next Generation Mobile Learning on PC, iPhone and iPad platforms, online lectures via Ustream and online discussion.

SoftBank University emphasizes diversity and the cultivation of a workforce rich in individuality, thus it provides a system which enables employees to select training subjects that match their personal goals and capabilities rather than a uniform, company-led career development or training system.

The Internally Certified Instructor (ICI) system has been in place since June 2009 to leverage employees' knowledge and experience to support personnel development. This system certifies those employees with certain levels of skills as internal instructors and gives them opportunities to provide training drawn from actual experience and to develop enhanced skills. As of June 2017, there are over 100 ICIs teaching some 40 courses.

In July 2013 we began providing opportunities for employee-originated learning aimed at fostering a culture of mutual learning through a program called “Knowledge Marche.” Employees sharing knowledge are referred to as “organizers,” while those taking part are called “participants,” and they learn together on an equal basis. The scheme allows any employee with knowledge or insight to become an organizer, and goes beyond the traditional “training” approach to promote the sharing of knowledge and insights through small-group study sessions, workshops, lecture meetings, and more.

SoftBank Group and SoftBank Corp. will continue to support the growth of employees by implementing training sessions which incorporate the knowledge, expertise, and experience of our employees.

Proactively providing opportunities to shape employees' careers

SoftBank Corp.

At SoftBank, once a year employees can submit a self-assessment of their current job fitness and request a transfer to work in a different position or at a different location. This process enables the company to match the right individual to the right job and maximize each individual's strengths and potential. When starting up a new business line, the SoftBank Group uses an internal recruiting system to advertise jobs that provide opportunities for employees to grow and express themselves.

Job posting
(Internal recruiting system)
An internal recruiting system for starting up new business lines which provides opportunities for employees to grow and express themselves and establishes a challenging work environment.
Free-agent system
(internal transfer system)
The free-agent system enables ambitious employees to challenge themselves to boost their careers. Employees can specify a department or a group company they would like to join and apply.
Support system for advancement of employee qualifications The company supports employees seeking to advance their qualifications (with approval from the company) through reimbursement of tuition or examination fees.
Self reporting Employees submit a report once annually that self-assesses current job fitness. At this time, employees can also request a specific job assignment and speak with their supervisors. This process enables the company to match the right individual with the right job and construct the best career path for each individual.
Skill development goals This semi-annual program aims to maximize company training programs, and is designed to have employees set their skill development goals based on a self-assessment of improvement needs and work toward those goals.

Reflecting employees' opinions in improvements to organizational structure and management

The SoftBank Group

SBG and some companies of the SoftBank Group conduct annual employee satisfaction surveys as a way of understanding current conditions and issues that need to be resolved to ensure organizational strength and employee motivation. They then formulate action plans based on these survey results to drive ongoing improvement activities for better organizations.

SoftBank Corp. has taskforces for each division, which create action plans based on analysis of the actual conditions of their section. Enabling the taskforces to have a central role in improvement activities implemented in its company at every level helps to ensure higher employee motivation and stronger business performance.

Soliciting ideas from employees to support business development

The SoftBank Group

oliciting ideas from employees to support business development

In 2011 the SoftBank Group introduced SoftBank InnoVenture, a program that solicits and assesses the feasibility of employees' business ideas across SoftBank Group companies for potential businesses of any kind. When a business idea is selected to be turned into a project, the initial creator takes responsibility for driving it forward. Over 6,000 ideas have been submitted over the years, and as of June 2017, 13 ideas have gone on to be implemented. We aim to continue to host SoftBank InnoVenture and strive to establish a work environment filled with creativity and innovation.

As part of our CSR and social contribution activities, we host a Social Contribution Business Idea Contest to gather employees' ideas. The contest seeks to identify pioneering ideas that meet society's needs, as well as to provide employees with opportunities to build awareness and exchange opinions on CSR and societal needs. The sixth annual contest, held in January 2016, saw recruitment of approximately 2,100 ideas, four of which have gone on to be implemented.

An educational program to identify and foster potential successors

The SoftBank Group

Following the announcement of SoftBank's Next 30-Year Vision, Masayoshi Son launched SoftBank Academia on July 28, 2010 with the goal of identifying and educating potential successors.

The program sees students focus on developing practical skills and actively providing feedback to support one another, as well as lecture courses taught by Mr. Son in his capacity as founding principal.

The program is not exclusive to SoftBank employees, and has been openly accepting students from outside the SoftBank Group since June 2011. Students admitted to the program are selected following a thorough review process designed to shine a light on highly motivated individuals with diverse backgrounds who are eager to inspire and be inspired and have what it takes to lead the SoftBank Group.