Skoda Auto Volkswagen India invites applications for mechatronics training program

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 11 Aug 2020

Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd (SAVWIPL) has announced the introduction of the Mechatronics 2020 programme, a highly engaging and educative platform that enables high school graduates and workers displaced from low-skilled jobs to learn new-age skills and become future-ready in the auto sector.

The German carmaker has partnered with the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce for awarding the DIHK certificate on completion of the course and examinations, also with National Council for Vocational Training to conduct the All India Trade Test as well; and is currently inviting applications from students and professionals who are seeking a viable pathway to lucrative employment in the auto sector.

The three-and-a-half-year programme aims at enhancing the skills of apprentices in area of mechatronics engineering which includes mechanical, electrical, electronics and information technology. The apprentices will be empowered with on-the-job work experience at SAVWIPL to gain practical knowledge and hands-on experience in areas including production, maintenance, planning, quality assurance and research and development. Additionally, there will be a classroom study in specialised trade schools including Project assignment. These candidates will spend 70 percent of their time in the workplace under supervision of SAVWIPL-certified trainers, and 30 percent in the classroom.

According to Jan Frydrych, Executive Director - HR and Admin, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India, “The programme has been designed keeping in mind the increasing complexity of production processes which demands a skilled workforce having strong expertise in mechanical, electronic and informatics, as well as in other modern automation technologies. We are confident that the programme will equip apprentices with desired skill sets that are required to deliver in the fast changing industrial requirements”.

The Mechatronics 2020 Programme is part Skoda Auto Volkwagen’s global initiative based on the unique training methodology with use of advanced technology. It has been developed on Germany’s dual-track vocational training program that offers supervised training to upskill and reskill talent. It also provides a global exposure to apprentices to work in other economies including Germany, China and Brazil.

The last date to enrol for the programme is 17th August, 2020 and the online aptitude/skill test will be conducted on 23rd August, 2020.

Eligibility Criteria for Mechanic Mechatronics:
SSC (X Std.) passed in 2019 or 2020 with a minimum of 70% marks each in Mathematics and Science for General Candidates.

Min 60% marks each in Mathematics and Science for SC/ST candidates.

Age Limit for Mechanic Mechatronics :
Candidates below 17 years as on 01 June 2020 (born on or after 01 June 2003)

Relaxable up to 19 years for SC/ST candidates (born on or after 01 June 2000)

Important Dates:
Last Date for Registration: 17th August 2020
Online Aptitude/Skill Test: 23rd August 2020

The dual training system in Germany enjoys an outstanding reputation internationally. It’s no surprise that an apprenticeship with Volkswagen is highly sought-after – be it in India, South Africa or Brazil. India's Rahul Barhate, a mechatronics technician won laurels two years ago at Wolfsburg.

In 2018, Rahul Barhate had to beat out hundreds of other candidates for one of just 16 spots. After numerous tests, he was able to begin an apprenticeship as a mechatronics technician – and succeed with flying colours. His biggest project during the apprenticeship: a defective machine was to be replaced – a very expensive proposition. Instead, Rahul took it upon himself to repair it. The 20-year-old did such a good job of it that the machine is still in operation.