N Akhilesh and S N Karthik Gowda from Toyota Kirloskar Motor made the country proud by winning a bronze medal at the Mechatronics Skills during the WorldSkills Competition held in Germany from October 4th to October 7th 2022. This achievement significantly increased the company’s contribution to the country’s “Skill India” programme. They were initially chosen through an internal skill competition, and after passing through the District, Zonal, State, Regional, and IndiaSkills competitions, they made it to the WorldSkills competition.
The WorldSkills Competition, which was founded in 1950, is the centre of excellence and advancement for skills worldwide. Government, educational, industrial, and association leaders can address pertinent and significant problems relating to skills management in this worldwide forum.
The participants were selected through a nationwide screening process under the aegis of National Skill Development Council (NSDC) and Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI). Participants from 26 Countries including India, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom etc. showcased their skills during the WorldSkills competition. In the Mechatronics Skills category, India won the bronze, Chinese Taipei bagged silver and Japan received gold.
Shankara, Vice President, Human Resources and Services from Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) commented: “N Akhilesh and S N Karthik Gowda’s win at the WorldSkills has given our skill development initiatives a much-needed boost. At Toyota, we are dedicated towards developing a self-sufficient and globally competitive value chain by making significant efforts and investments in human development. Toyota’s human development efforts stem from the company’s belief that its most valuable asset is its people and these initiatives contribute towards our mission of ‘Producing Mass Happiness for All’ by sharing knowledge and developing young people into world-class technicians. As a result, we believe in promoting skill development as the foundation for realising Atmanirbhar Bharat. We thank Government of Karnataka and Government of India for promoting and developing young minds through the Skill India Mission.”
Recently Likith Kumar Y P from TKM also won the Bronze medal at the WorldSkills competition representing India in Prototype Modeling Skills which was held at Switzerland from 7th to 9th September 2022.
As a part of its commitment towards developing world class skilled workforce for the emerging Indian auto Industry, Toyota in 2007 established the Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI) that offers a three-year rigorous full-time training in Automobile Assembly, Automobile Paint, Automobile Weld and Mechatronics to financially challenged students hailing from rural hinterlands across Karnataka state. This three-year free residential training programme established by TKM concentrates not only on knowledge and skills but also on body and mind development. TTTI is recognised by National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT), Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing (JIM), Automotive Skill Development Council (ASDC) and Directorate General of Training (DGT).
TKM has undertaken a major expansion of TTTI with capacity going up from 200 to 1,200 students (academic batch-wise). This will be a major boost to the existing skill facility in its Bidadi plant with a focus to scale-up students’ skillset for advanced technologies, by globally certified skilled faculty members of the institute.
So far, TKM has trained over 77,360 employable youths through a variety of skill development initiatives. TKM is currently working on establishing one Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in each district of the 31 districts in Karnataka. TKM continues to train students in 53 institutes across 22 Indian states through the Toyota Technical Education programme (TTEP). The primary objective of the TTEP initiative is to enhance the student’s skill sets which will strengthen the talent pool from the grass root level and provide opportunities for youth with special focus on rural areas. Along with this, Toyota dealers also support by providing On-the-Job training to these students. TKM also has collaborations with the governments of Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Haryana, New Delhi, and Telangana to provide skill development to students and faculty members. TKM’s skill outreach has grown over the years, resulting in creating world-class skill champions.