Bengaluru: In line with its unwavering commitment to contribute to Skill India, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Alva’s Institute of Engineering and Technology (AIET), Moodbidri, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka.

TKM through its training arm, Toyota Learning and Development India initiated the tie-up with AIET. The initiative is focused on sharing Toyota’s best practices with the faculty, bridge industry-academia gap and equip students with employable skills.

Commenting on the initiative, Alva’s Education Foundation Chairman Dr. Mohan Alva said the foundation is happy to associate with Toyota Kirloskar Motor which has been at the forefront of skill development initiatives.

“With this tie-up, we aim to develop our students with the vision of ‘Molding better tomorrow through educational, cultural and sports excellence.’ The long-term training programs will augment practical knowledge and exposure of our students, thus making them industry-ready technicians with desired skillsets and competencies,” said Alva’s Education Foundation Chairman Dr. Mohan Alva.

Practical exposure

The course comprises 90% practical exposure to Toyota’s skill practices and 10% emphasis on theoretical aspects. A total of 180 hours of the syllabus is planned under this program, of which, 110 hours will be imparted at TKM’s factory premises and 70 hours will be covered in the college.”

Sharing his thoughts on the tie-up, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Associate Vice President, Human Resources and Services Group G. Shankara said in continuation of TKM’s vision to ‘Grow India and Grow with India’, the company intends to further enrich the quality of students in India with a spirit to constantly learn, share knowledge and improve all our stakeholders.

“The uniqueness and focus of this effort is to develop students’ body and mind apart from improving their fundamental skills. For this, TKM has curated some dedicated initiatives like Toyota Technical Training Institute, Gurukul Skill Development Center and National Manpower Excellence Center to provide rightful skilling to the youth,” said Toyota Kirloskar Motor Associate Vice President, Human Resources and Services Group G. Shankara .

Under the MoU, the program will focus on developing the faculty and students from Engineering, Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and Master’s in Social Work (MSW) streams. Students will be trained basis a semester-wise skill enhancement plan.

Automobile technology

Engineering students will be trained in topics like lean manufacturing principles, automobile technology, industrial safety, environment management system, total quality management, supply chain management, automobile welding, car painting, mechatronics, automation and robotics, xEV technologies etc.

MBA and MSW students will have sessions on principles of management, strategic human resources management, organizational behaviour, recruitment and selection, HR analytics, compensation and benchmarking, employee engagement among others.

Considering the current Covid-19 situation, students will be trained through virtual sessions and instructor-led sessions. Later, students will be imparted skill training coupled with hands-on-experience at TKM’s factory premises as well as in the college premises.

Trainers are certified by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), Japan and Asia-Pacific Global Production Center (AP-GPC), Thailand.  A pool of more than 300-plus trainers with shop floor experience and global exposure will provide training to the students. Further, Toyota Master Class Series and Certificate Courses will also be made available to the students to help hone their skills.

This article first appeared in the NFA Post and is republished with permission

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