The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan (METI) and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India (MSDE) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) for "Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme". This MoC will help contribute to “Make in India” and “Skill India” initiative by training around 30,000 persons in over 10 years. The 30,000 persons will be trained in the Japanese style manufacturing skills and practices at the Japan-India Institutes for Manufacturing (JIM) and the Japanese Endowed Courses (JEC) in engineering colleges. These institutes will start in 2017 in Gujarat, Karnataka and Rajasthan.
In the talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, they have selected Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) to further boost the initiatives in the country. The initiative will help in bridging the gap between a rapidly growing industrial sector and availability of highly skilled workforce.
In 2007, Toyota inaugurated its Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI), situated within the premises of Toyota's manufacturing plant at Bidadi near Bangalore. The institute trains financially challenged students from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families across Karnataka. At TTTI, there are four-courses, including automobile welding, automobile assembly, automobile painting and plant maintenance, which every student has to take up. Besides this, the company is also focused on improving their lifestyle and offering employment opportunities.
At the institutes, the students are exposed to the Toyota Way of Manufacturing 'Monozukuri' and to get familiar with the global concepts of 'Lean Manufacturing', Kaizen, Genchi Genbutsu. The students are also exposed to Knowledge (16%), Skill (34%), Body and Mind (50%). Since its inception, around 448 students have successfully completed the training and are working with Toyota.