The Volkswagen Group has inaugurated its first training academy in India. Hosted at Volkswagen plant in Chakan, Pune, the academy will provide training for apprentices, employees and dealers from all the Volkswagen Group brands and production plants in India. The inauguration was attended by Lower Saxony’s Minister President David McAllister, who visited the new Volkswagen plant in Pune accompanied by a 50-member delegation. The Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, also welcomed Mukesh Malhotra, President of the regional Chamber of Commerce, to the inauguration.
Prof. Winterkorn underscored: “The Volkswagen Group is seeking to become a top employer at all of its sites worldwide. We do not make a distinction between established home markets and emerging growth regions because the same applies everywhere: Top products can only be manufactured by a top team.” He added that Volkswagen was bringing first-class vocational training and professional development to the site with its jobs. “That strengthens the company, the employees and the region.”
David McAllister emphasized: “Volkswagen is creating a livelihood for many Indian families and is not only investing in production halls and machinery, but – more importantly – also in people. Vocational training is one of the key challenges in India today, not only for the apprentices themselves, but also for continued economic development and for the country as a whole.” Mukesh Malhotra drew attention to the cooperation between the Volkswagen India Academy and the Polytechnical College in Pune and commented: “This is a pilot project for the whole of India in the field of training and vocational development in the automotive industry.”