Graduates of the Technical Growth Academy pump their fists at the graduation ceremony of the program at Gyeongsang National University on Jan. 26. They are engineers at BAT’s Sacheon factory. Photo courtesy of BAT

Tobacco maker strives to provide managerial education to employees

BAT Korea said on Jan. 27 that the Korean tobacco manufacturer’s factory in Sacheon successfully finished its employee training program offered by the nearby Gyeongsang National University.

The BAT factory joined hands with the university last year to launch the program of educating its engineers, dubbed the Technical Growth Academy (TGA).

BAT introduced the six-month consignment training program to foster their employees’ technical competency and improve their managerial skills.

Its Sacheon factory, located some 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, selected six employees last year so that they study industrial technology, leadership, and foreign languages.

BAT Sacheon factory chief Kim Ji-hyong and Prof. Oh Seok-gyu of Gyeongsang National University took part in the TGA graduation ceremony held at the university on Jan. 26.

The former donated 15 million won ($12,000) as the university development fund. The latter is in charge of the university’s Leader in Industrial-Academic Cooperation project.

“I am very pleased with the successful outcome of BAT’s cooperation with Gyeongsang National University to bolster talent development of our technical employees,” Kim said.

“I, with our employees who participated in the systematic education program, will grow into managers that will lead BAT Sacheon Factory in the future.”

This is not the first time for BAT Korea to cooperate with Gyeongsang National University _ earlier this year, the company signed a memorandum of understanding with the university to collaborate in ESG.

Brief for Environmental, Social, and corporate Governance, ESG refers to the three key factors in gauging the sustainability of a corporation or business.

Over the past several years, the initiative has gained traction as a significant managerial value across the world, prompting many firms to carry out related activities.