BENGALURU: Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) in continuation to its long standing commitment towards Skill Development, inaugurated the Toyota Centre of Excellence at Dayanand Sagar College of Engineering, Bengaluru. The concept of establishing Toyota Centre of Excellence at various colleges and institutes is in line with Toyota’s commitment to scale-up the skill sets and offer well expertized workforce to the automotive industry.
To aid in depth knowledge-base of engine composition at the grass-root level, Toyota handed over one cut section of the vehicle engine and an assembled engine. The key focus is to provide comprehensive learning opportunities for the students, offering them a first-hand experience of the vehicle engine. The engine cut section will showcase the component set-up in an engine and its related functioning. While the engine assembly section enables the students to gain an insight of the real orientation of the assembled engine including the dismantling and re-assembling techniques, thus achieving high quality skill sets in engine operating mechanism as part of the Skill Enhancement program.
This initiative is basically incorporated to pursue Toyota’s main objectives to promote, setup, monitor, govern and regulate institutions and academies for skill excellence through development of core employability skills, competency standards and to train on advanced technologies to meet the industry demands globally.
The event was graced by Dr. D. Hemachandra Sagar, Chairman – Dayanand Sagar Institutions [DSI], along with Sri. Galiswamy, Secretary, DSI, Dr. C P S Prakash, Principal – DSCE, Vice Principals – Dr. H Ramakrishna and Dr. D. R. Ramesh Babu, All Head of Departments, Staffs and Students. Also, present were the senior management representatives from Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Naveen Soni – Vice President and Mr. Sailesh Shetty – Vice President.
Commenting on this initiative, Dr. D. Hemachandra Sagar, Chairman, Dayananda Sagar Institutions said, “Toyota has led by example being a responsible corporate citizen through its various initiatives to cover broader societal issues. With Quality and Excellence as the basic DNA, over the years Toyota has pioneered in manufacturing cars of global standards. It is our absolute privilege to partner with Toyota through this corporate social initiative which aims to impart high quality of education amongst engineering students. Through this program, we are confident that the students would gain a better insight into the complexity associated with the engine, which is an essential part of a vehicle, while enriching their learning experience and making it more practical and interactive.”
Expressing his views on the occasion, Naveen Soni – Vice President – Toyota Kirloskar Motor, said, “Skill Development is one of the key pillars of our core CSR [Corporate Social Responsibility] and we are committed to offer the industry more skilled workforce with advanced technical expertise, developing future ready manpower. Toyota’s scalable and sustainable skill approach focuses to bridge the gap underlying India’s rapidly growing industrial sector with evolving technologies and availability of skilled workforce. Through these concerted skill efforts, we provide more comprehensive learning opportunities for the students at the grass-root level. Our objective at Toyota is to enable the students to be industry ready with desired skill sets and competencies, while contributing to the nations’ growth and Industry’s employability ratio.
We are confident that such practical exposure would enable the students to cope with different levels of operations associated with automotive functional mechanisms, while making classroom learning more interesting and exciting.” He added.
The company has been tirelessly working towards enhancing the employability quotient in the automobile manufacturing industry across India, by promoting unique skill sets.
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 (a combination of mechanical and industrial electronics) to financially challenged students hailing from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families from across Karnataka. This institute exclusively emphasizes on over all development of the trainees as per industry requirements & towards “Perfecting people” and there by contributing young multi skilled, energetic, ideal students to the nation. Training Curriculum is a unique blend which focuses on the holistic development of Knowledge (16%), Skill (34%), Body and Mind (50%) of the students. Last year Toyota’s TTTI institute accomplished the key milestone of being selected for “Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme” under the MoU signed by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan (METI) and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Government of India (MSDE).
Some of the key highlights of TKM’s other skill initiatives follows:
- Gurukul is a well-equipped learning center at TKM imparts diverse training to employees at all levels which helps them to improve their abilities and thoroughly fulfill their roles. Everyone who works in Toyota experiences 70% of their development through the job itself; and the experience serves as a driving force in developing the next generation.
- Toyota Technical Education Program (T-TEP) provides technical know-how training to ITI students across India along with providing hands-on real-time experience within Toyota dealerships.
- Toyota Apprentice Scheme (TAS) – Under TAS, TKM has trained over 12,000 Apprentice Members (ITI, Diploma and Engineer) since 2002, which makes it one of the largest sources of providing such manpower to the industry.
- National Skill Contest– Launched in 2014, National Sales & Service Skill Contest is an initiative that provides Toyota’s dealer sales & service personnel to showcase their skill levels with a view to identify gaps and improvise. Held at three levels – across dealership, regional and national levels, the contestants are evaluated on various parameters such as knowledge, process demonstration, soft skills and role plays among others. Continuous training skills are imparted to hone the dealer personnel skill sets to meet the growing expectations and deliver Toyota’s best-of-all Quality, Durability & Reliability for ultimate customer delight.