Taking cognisance of the situation, Tata AutoComp Systems (Tata AutoComp), one of India’s leading automotive components manufacturers, is taking the lead in bridging the gap of the prevailing talent shortage. In a first-of-its-kind public private partnership initiative, Tata AutoComp, today, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Directorate of Employment and Training (DET), Government of Gujarat, in the presence of Vajubhai Vala, minister for transport, finance, labour and employment, and Liladhar Waghela, minister of labour, Government of Gujarat, to improve the employability prospects of the rural youth in Gujarat.
Speaking on the occasion, Gajendra Chandel, president and head, human resources, Tata AutoComp, said, “We are extremely glad to collaborate with the Government of Gujarat on this initiative which is focused on empowering the economically less-privileged youth of our society, through education. The initiative is an important step towards bridging the gap of talent shortage within the auto sector and other industries. It will enhance their employability, increase their income generation capability and make them meaningful members of society. The initiative is in pursuance of the Tata philosophy of investing in the communities we operate in and serve.”
Mr Vala specially appreciated the efforts of Tata AutoComp to launch schemes that would enhance the skill levels of the youth and thereby enhance their employability. He added that “It is very important that at each and every level of the organisation the requisite skill sets exist. This has a great impact on the overall quality of the product.”
Sonal Mishra, director of employment and training, mentioned that through this MoU, Tata AutoComp will train approximately 1500 youth in Gujarat.
Tata AutoComp and DET will introduce various initiatives to impart vocational training amongst the youth across Gujarat, thereby empowering them to leverage opportunities in the nearby industries after completion of the training. DET is authorised and responsible for design, review, approval and implementation of vocational training to the youth of Gujarat in the field of various engineering and non-engineering trades. The MoU between Tata AutoComp and DET will entail the following:
Launch of ’Earn and Learn Scheme’ in Gujarat
The technical training institute, through its affiliate university, would 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. The Government of Gujarat would also recognise this programme and help the technical institute seek affiliation with a university in Gujarat. Tata AutoComp has successfully launched the ‘Earn and Learn Scheme’ in Maharashtra and Karnataka since 2010.
Upgradation of Government ITI
Tata AutoComp’s skill development programme
Further, Tata AutoComp will establish a training centre with the required facilities and basic infrastructure wherein selected candidates will undergo a systematic and on-the-job training programme to develop their knowledge, skills and competencies over a period of three years. The cost of training facilities and infrastructure will be borne by Tata AutoComp.Tata AutoComp will also develop a comprehensive syllabus for various courses for the skill development programme approved by the Gujarat Council of Vocational Training (GCVT). Post successful completion of training, GCVT and Tata AutoComp will jointly issue a certificate to the successful students. In addition, these students will undergo a three-year apprenticeship at Tata AutoComp, and will be given the opportunity to apply for permanent jobs at Tata AutoComp.