In a first of its kind public-private partnership aimed at bridging the gap in prevailing talent shortage, leading automotive components manufacturer Tata AutoComp Systems Ltd has signed an MoU with the Gujarat government for imparting vocational training to enhance employment opportunities of the youth.
Tata AutoComp signed the MoU with the Directorate of Employment and Training (DET), which aims to improve the employability prospects of rural youth. The agreement is expected to address the skilled manpower shortage witnessed by the automobile sector, an official said.
The partnership will facilitate upgradation of the State's Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), launching skill development programmes and introducing modular employable skills (MES) courses.
Tata AutoComp and DET will undertake various programmes to improve income generation capabilities of the rural youth and initiate ‘earn and learn scheme' for the 10th and 12th standard students through three-year technical education during which they would be paid stipend, Mr Gajendra Chandel, president and head of human resources at Tata AutoComp, said.
Ms Sonal Mishra, director of Employment and Training, said that through this MoU, Tata AutoComp will train nearly 1,500 youth in Gujarat annually. These students will be imparted on-the-job training for five days a week at one of Tata AutoComp's manufacturing facilities in Halol and Sanand.
The technical training institute, through its affiliate university will conduct periodic examinations and on successful completion of the training, the students would be conferred a Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical or Electrical) or Bachelors in Manufacturing by a State or AICTE-approved University.
Tata AutoComp had launched the ‘earn and learn' scheme in Maharashtra and Karnataka in 2010.
Tata AutoComp provides products and services to the Indian and global automotive sector. Its clients include Ashok Leyland, BMW, Fiat, Force Motors, Ford Motors India, General Motors India, Honda, John Deer, Mahindra & Mahindra, Mahindra-Navistar, Man, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Piaggio, Renault, Tata Motors, Toyota Kirloskar Motors Limited, Volkswagen and Volvo-Eicher.
Mr Chandel said Tata AutoComp has six joint ventures in partnership with leading companies from the global auto component industry and has 47 manufacturing facilities spread across India, and one in China.