Tata Motors aims to skill 40,000 people by 2022

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 28 Feb 2018

Rajesh Khatri, vice-president, Passenger Vehicle Operations, Tata Motors; Gajendra Chandel, chief HR officer, Tata Motors, and Sunil Chaturvedi, CEO, Automotive Skills Development Council, at the cert

Tata Motors, has partnered the Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC), National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) and National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) for various skills development programs in the automotive sectors. The company along with ASDC today announced the successful certification of the first batch of trainees from its Sanand facility.

The collaborative skill development program, introduced in 2016 through an MoU between Tata Motors and ASDC, is part of a unique initiative to promote the ‘Skill India Mission’. The program is currently training around 4,000 apprentices, of which 168 trainees (154 boys and 14 girls) with over 90 percent success ratio at the company's Sanand Plant have been awarded the ASDC certification in automotive assembly skills.

The trainees, after completion of their first-year training at Tata Motors’ Skill Development Center, were assessed through an online test, a practical examination and a viva conducted by the external ASDC nominated assessor. Trainees who successfully passed these examinations were felicitated at the certificates award ceremony in the presence of top officials from Tata Motors, ASDC and NEEM partners at Sanand.

The first batch of trainees were awarded the ASDC certification in presence of  Gajendra Chandel, chief human resource officer (CHRO), Tata Motors; Sunil Chaturvedi, CEO, ASDC and Rajesh Khatri, vice president – Operations, Passenger Vehicles, Tata Motors. 

Gajendra Chandel, CHRO, Tata Motors, said, “Today indeed is a very proud moment for us at Tata Motors as the first batch of ASDC certified trainees, enrolled under the NEEM program, graduate from the Sanand Plant Skill Development Center. This program has been diligently put together by Tata Motors’ Skills Development Center, in association with NEEM service provider and ASDC. It’s a matter of great satisfaction to see a large batch of trainees, both girls and boys, mostly from rural areas and small towns who were inducted through the ‘Earn & Learn’ mode under the ‘National Employability Enhancement Mission (NEEM)’ that’s part of Government’s Skill India mission."

"With the evolution in automobile manufacturing and service, the need for a skilled workforce will continue to increase exponentially, with a huge potential to generate large-scale employment opportunities. However, for the youth to be able to take up these opportunities, it is important they have the mindset of quality, productivity, safety and discipline coupled with right technical skills, which our Skills Development Center as well as NEEM partner, imparted very systematically during the program duration. Sowing the seeds of learning has short-, mid- and long-term benefits and we at Tata Motors foresee this as the foundation to prepare them as well the Indian Automotive Industry for future growth,” added Chandel.

Sunil Chaturvedi, CEO, ASDC, said, “The automotive industry is a significant generator of employment in India. Till date, the ASDC has contributed to the development of the automotive industry by creating 200 Qualification Packs (QPs) comprising of 363 Unique National Occupational Standards (NOS) and a total 946 of NOS- related to the automotive sector. Tata Motors’ partnership with ASDC will further enhance the expertise in conducting research, developing training course curriculums and certification of trainers and students, in consultation with experts from the automotive industry and from academia.”

With a first-of-its-kind MoU with NSDC, Tata Motors has over the past few years has signed six such agreements with leading institutes and organisations to develop skilled and highly competent manpower for being future-ready.