With over 1 million employees, Foxconn is one of China's largest private employer. However, the company has struggled to find workers to fill its factories, with founder billionaire Terry Gou saying that it is a "headache" to find enough workers.
Recently, the Hong Kong Oriental Daily reported that Foxconn has agreed to a deal with the Xi'an Institute of Technology in which 1000 students will be exposed to the "educational experience" of working on the PlayStation 4 assembly line.
It is doubtful what kind of educational benefits a student might reap working on the assembly line, but what is worse is that it is also reported that students would not receive course credits if they refused to participate in this program, making it impossible for them to graduate.
In response, Foxconn has said that it has many such programs around China and that the company aims "to provide students with the opportunity to gain practical work experience and on-the-job training that will support their efforts to find employment following their graduation.”
In addition, Foxconn has reiterated that this is voluntary program and that students were free to leave at any time.
Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.