National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) and Automotive Skill Development Council (ASDC) to train 18,000 students over the course of three years, with an emphasis on rural areas, to increase their employability through the company’s distinctive training programme, Toyota Technical Education Program (T-TEP).
Five different automotive employment categories, including general technician, body and paint technician, service advisor, sales consultant, and call centre staff, will be covered in the training for these students.
In the presence of Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the Hon’ble Union Minister of State for the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, and Mr. Vikram Gulati, Executive Vice President, TKM, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was exchanged between Mr. Ved Mani Tiwari, Chief Operating Officer and Officiating CEO, NSDC, Mr. Arindam Lahiri, CEO, ASDC, and Mr. Sabari Manohar R
T-TEP, which has partnerships with 56 ITI/Polytechnic colleges in 21 states and is tightly connected with the Skill India Mission, aims to produce talented and technically proficient individuals for the automotive sector. Currently, more than 10,000 students have received training, and 70% of them are employed by major auto manufacturers.
“Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s initiative, in collaboration with NSDC and ASDC, to establish skill development centres across the country with a special focus on rural areas will have a big impact on making the students highly skilled, employable, and future-ready,” said Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, at this occasion. This initiative supports the Skill India Mission of the Indian government dedicated to motivating, assisting, and partnering with business partners like Toyota by giving them access to a platform that will support their efforts to close the skill gap and contribute to the creation of a workforce that meets international standards.
The new normal for skill-building:
- The government and private sector working together to develop a roadmap for employment and entrepreneurship Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MoS
- Establishing Skill Development Centres across India with an emphasis on rural areas will give students the chance to improve their skills and make them employable.
- Currently, associations exist for TKM’s innovative Toyota Technical Education Program (T-TEP) project spanning 21 states and 56 Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) and Diploma Institutes
The Minister continued, “The automobile industry is a significant pillar of the Indian economy and has huge potential in the manufacturing sector over the next 5 to 6 years. India may potentially serve as the primary hub for the country’s automotive industry in the future, opening up a wealth of employment prospects.
This new approach to skill development will be shaped by the relationship with Toyota, which also serves as a model for other manufacturing corporations looking to work with the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship through NSDC to advance the PM’s goal of making India a Global Skills Hub.”
“Automotive industry is growing tremendously and since 2006 T-TEP has become a benchmark in imparting automotive training and providing immense benefits to the automotive service industry and society at large. 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 to earn a decent livelihood by providing them with employment opportunities. This partnership will also encourage other automotive players to step forward in making India a Skill Capital of the World” said Mr. Ved Mani Tiwari, COO and Officiating CEO, NSDC, praising the initiative.
According to Mr. Arindam Lahiri, CEO of ASDC, when discussing this partnership said, “With advancements in technology in the auto industry and unprecedented growth in motorization, we need to ensure that the consumers receive the best-in-class services, especially in rural areas. To align with it we will be needing highly skilled technicians, making it imperative that students at technical training centres have access to advanced technologies and gain hands-on training experience. With this collaboration, training partners will get an opportunity to understand Toyota’s values, best practices, and advanced technologies which will benefit not only the students but also the entire industry, thereby contribute toward the Skill India Mission.”
Mr. Vikram Gulati, Executive Vice President of Toyota Kirloskar Motor, said, “Toyota is known for its exceptional quality products and services, which stems from developing world-class people, processes, and infrastructure. We are continuously growing and adapting to the changing needs and dynamics of the auto industry. Through the T-TEP initiative, we are striving to provide talented youths with training and access to advanced technologies. It is my firm belief that this new collaboration with NSDC and ASDC will strengthen the talent available at the grassroot level and help them upskill as per the market requirements.”
Under this program, the ASDC will select academies based on needs, and Toyota will assist academies by providing the latest curriculum, which includes the basics of automotive, safety, values and skills of Toyota, essential general and much more. In addition, the company will offer sets of exercises, impulses, transmissions and e-learning content, as well as in-line trainers with the Train the Trainer approach.
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Toyota’s associate dealers will maintain the skills development facilities and provide on-the-job training to all students, ASDC will also help improve infrastructure and train students to ensure the quality of training. TKM, associated distributors and the ASDC will also conduct quarterly audits. Upon successful completion of the T-TEP program, students will be qualified by Toyota, NSDC and ASDC.
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