Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI), which held its sixth convocation ceremony on August 3, has conferred academic degrees to 64 students from Karnataka for successful completion of its three-year training course (2012-2015).
Present at the event was chief guest Subramanian Ramadorai, adviser to prime minister Narendra Modi in the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and vice-chairman, TCS; along with Vikram Kirloskar, vice-chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Naomi Ishii, managing director of Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), and other senior dignitaries from the company.
The TTTI technical course provides an opportunity for intelligent students from across the state of Karnataka, who are from economically weaker sections of the society and are unable to opt for higher education. The programme trains them to be skilled technicians in auto manufacturing and plant administration thereby increasing their employment prospects and making them skillful.
The institute is a fully residential school. The three-year academic course consists of a comprehensive, full-time training in automobile assembly, automobile paint, automobile weld and mechatronics. The courses involve training at the TKM plant where students are given practical training of applying the world renowned ‘Toyota Production Systems’ to the various manufacturing processes.
The TTTI curriculum is designed to be a complete learning experience, with basic subjects and recreational activities being included in addition to imparting knowledge on automobile manufacturing. The purpose of this technical training institute is to offer students an opportunity to acquire special skills of ‘Monozukuri’ (skilled manufacturing).
“We at Toyota Kirloskar Motor aim to address the growing automobile industry needs of manpower and technical know-how,” said Naomi Ishii, MD, Toyota Kirloskar Motor.
He added that “A lot of TTTI students from the earlier batches have joined us and are doing very well on the job. All the TTTI trained technicians at Toyota are outstanding performers and I hope the quality of training that we provide continues to produce skilled technicians”.
TTTI was established in 2007 as a part of TKM’s social initiatives. The first batch of students from TTTI received their academic degrees in 2010. Most of the students who have passed out of TTTI have been inducted at Toyota Kirloskar Motor and group companies. The students can also appear for the NSQF (National Skills Qualification Framework) exam. On clearing it, they are eligible to work in any industry including government service or even explore opportunities overseas.