Tata Motors has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC), a government-recognised skill council, for a collaborative skill development programme in the automotive sector. This partnership will help Tata Motors’ skill development centres across its six plants in India and will comply as per competency levels of the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF).
The MoU was signed in the presence of Gajendra Chandel, chief human resource officer, Tata Motors, and Sunil Chaturvedi, CEO, ASDC, with an objective to prepare the country’s youth by imparting and enhancing industry-ready occupational skills followed by assessment and certification on the basis of skill levels achieved and certified as per NSQF. The programme will comprise of modules based on the skills for design, engineering, manufacturing, automobile production, sales and service as well as in various support functions with a focus on quality, productivity, dexterity, discipline and safety.
Commenting on the association, Chandel said, “We are keen to see the Indian automotive industry becoming globally competitive, with Tata Motors playing a significant role. In line with the government’s aggressive plans under the Skill India Mission towards ‘Kaushal Bharat, Kushal Bharat’, we aim to contribute positively to build India’s competitiveness. Launched on July 15 last year with an intent to train over 40 crore people in India by 2020, the Skill India Mission complements not only mission Make-in-India, but also to reap India’s demographic dividend by enhancing employability within India as well as in other countries. To support and make this a reality, the corporate partnership of Tata Motors with ASDC is a step in that direction.”
Chaturvedi added, “ASDC is the industry’s own skill certification, offering qualifications across the value chain of R&D, manufacturing, sales and service, road transportation domains, covering all levels from lower-hands skills to high-end technical and managerial skills. Through this collaboration with Tata Motors, the expectation is to propagate the industry’s own ASDC certification among the youth who wish to make a career in the exciting field of automobiles.”
The automotive industry is a significant generator of employment in India. Till date, the ASDC has contributed to the development this industry by creating 188 Qualification Packs (QPs) comprising of 938 National Occupational Standards (NOS) related to automotive sector. Tata Motors’s partnership with ASDC will further enhance the expertise in conducting research, developing training course curricula and certification of trainers and students, in consultation with experts from the automotive industry and from academia.