MG Motor India partners ASDC to train 10,000 chauffeurs by March

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 29 Oct 2021


MG Motor India has announced a unique initiative, the Saarthi Program, for upskilling the chauffeurs of MG customers. The OEM has partnered with Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) for certification.

The Saarthi program aims to familiarise the chauffeurs with advanced technologies and features in MG cars for providing an enhanced, smarter, and safer driving experience. The customers can sign up their chauffeurs on the MG website for the training free of cost.

The OEM says it will train around 1,000 chauffeurs in next 2 months and 10,000 by March 2022. The training will include practical and theory lessons, where the chauffeurs will learn about the technologies in MG cars offered under CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric) vision. They will also be taught about the latest developments in safe vehicle operations and road safety techniques for driving responsibly.

Rajeev Chaba, president and MD, MG Motor India said: “With this program, our focus is to train the chauffeurs of MG customers in line with the advanced technologies that MG has brought to the Indian automotive industry. The training will not only enable a safer and smarter driving experience but also hone chauffeurs’ skills. It also covers an important aspect of driving responsibly, which is road safety. At MG, we are constantly looking for new ways to offer the best to our customers and the Saarthi program is another such initiative.”

Arindam Lahiri, CEO, Automotive Skills Development Council said: “As the technology-cost curve is becoming steeper, more technologies are finding their way into the automotive sector. Be it hybrid technology or electric vehicles, the automotive industry is evolving at a rapid pace. Hence, it is important to upskill the existing workforce to cope with rapid digitalisation. We are also thrilled to be a certification partner of MG Motor for the Saarthi Program. The program’s goal is to train the existing chauffeurs of MG customers to fill the supply deficit of the skilled automotive workforce. I believe that our certification will provide them with the right kind of recognition they want to make driving jobs aspirational.”