Tata Motors and the Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) have certified the first batch of trainees under their collaborative skills development and certification program. Introduced in 2016, the program is currently training around 4,000 apprentices, out of which 166 trainees (94 boys and 72 girls) at Tata Motors’ Pune 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 centre were assessed through an online test, a practical examination and a viva conducted by the external ASDC nominated assessor. Trainees that successfully passed these examinations were felicitated at a special function in the presence of top officials from Tata Motors and ASDC.
The first batch of trainees were awarded the ASDC certification in the presence of Gajendra Chandel, chief human resource officer, Tata Motors; Satish Borwankar, chief operating officer, Tata Motors and Sunil Chaturvedi, chief executive officer, ASDC.
Commenting on the occasion, Gajendra Chandel, CHRO, Tata Motors, said, “Today is a very proud moment for us at Tata Motors, as first batch of ASDC certified trainees, graduate from the program that was diligently put together by Tata Motors Skills Development Center, in association with 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 the government’s Skill India mission. With the evolution in automobile manufacturing and service, the need for 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 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.”
Satish Borwankar, COO, Tata Motors, said, “We at Tata Motors understand the need to look beyond benefits for the business and take care of the entire ecosystem. Taking a step beyond providing skill training, we will also work towards organizing job fairs with our vendor partners, so that these ASDC- certified trainees get jobs in the sector and contribute towards the growth of not only Tata Motors but the entire automotive supply chain. The success story of India for capturing IT jobs across the world needs to be replicated for Manufacturing Jobs across the world in the years to come.”
Sunil Chaturvedi, CEO, Automotive Skills Development Council (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 total 946 NOS related to 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.”
Tata Motors has been at the forefront in creating the right set of talent pool for the automobile engineering and manufacturing industry. With a first-of-its-kind MoU with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Tata Motors has over the past few years has signed over six such agreements with leading institutes and organisations, to develop skilled & highly competent manpower for being future ready.