National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Toyota Kirloskar Motor [TKM] and Automotive Skill Development Council (ASDC) to train 18,000 students in three years. The training will focus on making youth from rural areas more employable through the Company’s training initiative, Toyota Technical Education Programme (T-TEP).
These students will be trained across five automotive job roles — general technician, body and paint technician, service advisor, sales consultants and call centre staff.
The initiative will help generate talented and technically-sound professionals for the automobile industry. Therefore, T-TEP is in perfect alignment with the Skill India Mission. So far, it has been associated with 56 ITI/polytechnic colleges covering 21 states. Currently, more than 10,000 students have been trained and 70 per cent of the students are already employed at various automobile companies.
Union Minister of State for Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar reiterated tha “Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s initiative” will definitely have a big impact in terms of making the students “highly skilled, employable and future ready”. He also said that the “Government is committed to encouraging, supporting and collaborating with industry partners like Toyota by providing them with a platform that will boost their efforts in bridging the existing skills gap and help develop a workforce of global standards.”
Drawing attention to the manner in which the automotive industry has been growing, Ved Mani Tiwari, COO and officiating CEO, NSDC, said, “By partnering with TKM and ASDC, NSDC will not only be able to build a highly skilled technical workforce, with greater career prospects in the automotive service industry, but also enable youngsters earn a decent livelihood by providing them with employment opportunities”.
This takes India a step closer to becoming a “Skill Capital of the World”