Indian SUV manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC), a skill development council for the Automotive Sector. Under the this tie-up, Mahindra and ASDC will deploy their core competencies to offer skill development training program, to generate employment in the Automotive Sector.
This partnership will facilitate employable skill training to the youth and prepare them for the various functions of the automotive sector, from sales, service to manufacturing. While ASDC will impart skill trainings by partnering with Mahindra and leveraging the latter’s existing training facilities, Mahindra will provide training aids, including course curriculum based on ASDC Standards and further assist trainees to find suitable placements. Mahindra will also offer its selected training infrastructure, expertise and training partners to train students (from ITI and diploma holders amongst others) on various automotive skill sets, in accordance with ASDC prescribed NOS (National Occupation Standards) and make them employable.
Speaking on the partnership, Sanjoy Gupta, Vice President – Customer Care, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “With the aim of enhancing the technical skill of youth and creating an employable pool of skilled manpower, today, we have taken the first step by collaborating with ASDC. It is our endeavour to identify employable youth and train them on specific automotive skills to make them industry ready. As a socially responsible corporate, we wish to address the resource crunch in the Indian automotive industry by helping to develop a pool of skilled manpower via relevant partnerships. Keeping this approach in mind, our tie-up with ASDC is a significant step in the same direction. ASDC will provide the relevant industry expertise and academic edge while Mahindra will provide the infrastructural support to the students.”
Sunil K Chaturvedi, CEO, ASDC added, “We are very happy to partner with Mahindra for skill development program. M&M was in fact among the leading companies to support ASDC initiative from the beginning.India is fast becoming a global hub for Auto sector and many automobile companies have set up shop here for Indian market as well as for exports. This growth and the rising quality expectations of the customer will require appropriately skilled people. As per projections, India needs almost 25 – 30 million additional skilled manpower in the next 10 years, to sustain the demand in automotive Industry.With the recent emphasis on ‘Make In India’, this demand may increase further.”
It is in this backdrop that the automotive industry promoted the Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) in partnership with the Government of India to address skills gap issue to provide manpower trained and certified as per industry’s own standards.These standards called National Occupational Standards have been developed by ASDC in complete consultation with industry.