Rural talents of Karnataka Win Accolades at the World Skills Competition

BANGALORE: Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) talents have won 3rd and 6th position at the internationally renowned 44th World Skills Competition that was held from October 1518 at Abu Dhabi.

Also called as the ‘Skill Olympics’, the coveted event is one of the most prestigious forums recognizing excellence in vocational education and skills. All three contestants who represented TKM in the forum held in Abu Dhabi were trained at Toyota Technical Training Institute.

While Kiran bagged the bronze medal in the Prototype Modelling Skill, H Varun and T A Anand Kumar, were ranked sixth amongst 39 participants from across the globe in the Mechatronics Skill category.

This year, the competition saw participation from more than 1300 competitors from 59 countries challenging each other in 51 skill categories. India took part in 26 categories winning 2 Medals (silver in patisseries and bronze in prototype) and 9 Medallions of excellence in the respective categories.

The team which consisted of 28 talented young minds showcased the best ever performance by India since the country began to take part in the competition in 2007. The participants were selected through a nationwide screening process under the guidance of National Skill Development Council.

Initiated in 1950, The World Skills Competition is the global hub for skills excellence and development through international cooperation and development between industry, government, organizations and institutions. The competitors are all under the age of 22 years (except for four skills that have the age limit of 25).

As a part of its commitment towards developing world class skilled workforce for the emerging Indian Auto Industry, Toyota in 2007 established the Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI) which offers a three year rigorous full-time training in – Automobile Assembly, Automobile Paint, Automobile Weld and Mechatronics to financially challenged students hailing from Below Poverty Line families from across Karnataka.