Bangalore, January 21 , 2021: Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Government Tool Room and Training Centre (GTTC) represented by its Managing Director in the presence of Secretary to Government, Department of Skill Development Entrepreneurship & Livelihood, Government of Karnataka.

In order to implement the MOU, a program is being initiated to develop students at GTTC situated in Gokak, Udupi, Hubli and Maddur. This program will impart industry-specific skill training to youth from various parts of Karnataka. Under the scheme, TKM has been identified as an Industrial Training Provider (ITP) for developing skilled human resources for the manufacturing units and first-time entrepreneurs.

TKM will provide an opportunity for the trainees to acquire skills relevant to the manufacturing industry and improve their employment potential through a ‘Learn and Earn’ approach consisting of a mix of theoretical and On-the-Job Development. The youth will be trained by Toyota supervisors with extensive hands-on experience in the Toyota Production System. Upon successful completion of the training, they will have to take up an exam for certification, which will be jointly conducted by GTTC and TKM as per Automotive Skills Development Council guidelines.

The program aims at developing youth who have passed their 10th standard. Admissions to the program will start in January 2021. The three-year training program will be provided in two trades – automobile welding and automobile assembly.

Dr. S Selvakumar, Secretary to Government, Department of Skill Development Entrepreneurship and Livelihood, Government of Karnataka said, “We are thankful to the Toyota management for their support to the Skill India Mission. The plan is to start with four centres and gradually spread development to other centres too. Government is ready to support in improving the centres, trainers and training material to attain Toyota established Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI) level. We are all joining hands to fulfil Skill India Mission.”

Talking about the collaboration, Raghvendra, Managing Director of GTTC said, “Through the association with TKM, GTTC will learn Toyota’s best global practices incorporated through Toyota Way principles. We need to imbibe the Toyota culture amongst our students to make the Indian manufacturing Industry competitive in the world market. We are starting the project in our newly built GTTC centres in Karnataka. Inculcating Toyota culture will be easy in the new institutes followed by all other GTTC centres across the state. We are looking forward to a strong bonding with Toyota and its principles.”

On this occasion G Shankara, Vice President, HR and Services, TKM “The concept of exceptional quality products and services stems from developing world-class people and pans out to good processes, best-in-class equipment and infrastructure. Precisely this, Toyota’s philosophy of developing quality people, is what makes us unique. We focus on developing people, who in turn establish good processes, offer ever-better products and services, thereby achieving customer delight. We have invested heavily in our Toyota Technical Training Institute and Gurukul Skill Development Centre that are guided by globally certified master trainers who hone the skills of employees as they move up their career ladder.

TKM is a people-centric company. We provide experiential learning workshops, wherein all employees can set their career and life goals even beyond their retirement. We take the ambition of every employee seriously. We develop our employees in a way that they can achieve their career aspirations, attain self-realization and accomplish competitiveness.”

Besides training, Toyota imparts ‘Lifelong Learning’ to its employees so they can achieve their fullest potential and add value to their peers, family, company and society. People are the most important asset of Toyota. Hence, developing people forms the fulcrum of the company’s philosophy. ‘The Toyota Way’, emphasizes developing people in pursuit of ‘Continuous Improvement’ and ‘Respect for People’.

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