Toyota’s skill development programme helps underprivileged youth


600 hours of classroom training is imparted by globally-certified trainers.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) is promoting the Skill India mission with its unique skill development programme—‘Toyota Tantrajna’. The programme is run in association with the Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC).

The aim this programme is to enhance the quality of skill development imparted to the youth in India. The programme will increase employment opportunities in the automotive sector for the underprivileged youths between the age of 18 and 25 years, in rural and urban areas.

In this skill development programme, the youths get 600 hours of classroom training by globally-certified skill trainers. The training module followed is for a duration of over a year and a month. The module consists of an induction and fundamental skill training, on-the-job development and classroom training. Trade knowledge training includes language speaking skills, computer skills, soft skills, interview etiquettes, and so on.

The programme follows a holistic approach with a balanced focus on body, mind and attitude.

The participants are evaluated further and get certified by the Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC), post which Toyota Kirloskar Motors (TKM) arranges a job fair to connect the trainees with the prospective employers. During the training period, the trainees are provided with attractive stipends, free commutation and canteen facility.

The ‘Toyota Tantrajna’ programme was started in May, 2016 and more than 30 trainees have been trained in the first batch. Toyota plans to skill more than 400 youths through this programme by 2020–2021.

On successful completion of the training programme, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Vice President Sailesh Shetty said, “The Indian automotive industry is growing at an unprecedented pace and this will augur numerous opportunities for the youth in our country. By 2020, India will have a huge benefit in demography with over 65 per cent of the population in the working age group. We, at Toyota, have been working tirelessly towards harnessing this talent pool, by creating employable skilled talent for the emerging auto industry.”

Adding further, he said that “’Toyota Tantrajna’ is one such initiative to ensure a sustainable business environment through best-in-class technical training and hands-on-experience, thereby creating a win-win sustainable business module for both Toyota’s high-class qualitative operations and India’s progressive economic growth.”


  1. I am representing an NGO called Mahatma Gandhi Trust in Kochi, Kerala, India, and is working for the up lift of the under privileged communities in Kerala. I would like to know how we can jointly do a skill development programme for the under privileged youth in Kerala

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