Rural talents of Karnataka to represent India at World Skill Competition 2017 in Abu Dhabi

Toyota’s winning contestants: Mr. Kiran a graduate from Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI) under Prototype Modelling Skill, Mr. H Varun & Mr. T A Anand Kumar (Employees of Toyota Kirloskar Motor – TTTI Alumni) under Mechatronics Skill will represent the country at the 44th World Skill 2017 scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi during Oct ’17

Mr. Sailesh Shetty – Vice President, Toyota Kirloskar Motor with the winning contestants

Bangalore, 21st March, 2017:  Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) in continuation to its consistent efforts and performance at the World Skill Contest 2015 successfully completed the National level short listing of contestants in the “Prototype Modelling Skill” category for World Skill Contest 2017 to be held in Abu Dhabi in October this year. Acknowledging Toyota’s pioneering role in the Prototype Modelling Skill and the company’s notable performance at previous World Skill Competition 2015, National Skill Development Council (NSDC) chose Toyota to lead the category this year, from India. Under the guidance of NSDC, Toyota developed selection strategy and conducted the skill evaluation process at Toyota Technical Training Institute.

Also this year, two teams from TKM participated under Mechatronics Skills category at National level under NSDC guidance. Two winners representing Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TTTI Almuni) under this category will participate in World Skill Contest 2017, scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi in Oct 2017.

Present at the event were officials and dignitaries - Mr. Ranjan Choudhary, Technical Delegate, National Skill Development Council (NSDC) & Mr. Ravi Kharabanda, Asst. Technical Delegate. Also present at the occasion were representatives from TKM, Mr. Kan Asaine – Senior Vice President, Mr. Sailesh Shetty – Vice President and Mr. Sudeep Dalvi – Vice President.

Candidates from across the country were invited to enroll through the official website of NSDC. Applicants then participated in an online examination covering wider topics ranging from technical, mathematics, drawing and aptitude to problem solving.  Based on the selection criteria, top three performers were shortlisted for the second level examination which tested the high practical skill levels. During the concluding selection stage, one Mr. Kiran - a TTTI candidate emerged as the final contestant passing through the stringent skill criteria, who will represent our country during the World Skill Competition 2017 in October. A guest contestant from Toyota Japan was also invited at the National level of the contest, to benchmark and assess the skill levels of the Indian contestants.

Commentingon the event and congratulating the winner, Mr. Sailesh Shetty – Vice President,Toyota Kirloskar Motor said “We at Toyota feel delighted to have been entrustedthe responsibility to lead the Prototype Modelling Skill category and selectthe contestants for the World Skill Contest 2017. We really appreciate the dedicatedsupport and encouragement extended by NSDC.  At TKM, Skill developmenthave been of utmost priority for us.  As a responsible organization, we atToyota have been tirelessly working towards building a skilled workforce tocater to the needs of skilled manpower for India’s rapidly growing industrialsector. Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI) is also one such initiativethat focuses on training and developing underprivileged students’ to becomehighly skilled manpower with greater career prospects in the automobileindustry.

It is agreat honor for us that winning contestant who has been trained in TTTI ismaking the country proud at an international level” He further added.

The skillcategory of “Prototype Modelling” was introduced for the first time by ToyotaKirloskar Motor during the World Skill Competition held at Sao Paulo, Brazil in2015. During the competition, a Toyota team member “Mr. Abhishek B.S” secured4th position, winning a Medallion of Excellence award inPrototype Modelling. 

World SkillsCompetition is the global hub for skills excellence and development throughinternational cooperation and development between industry, government,organizations and institutions. World Skill Competition also called as “SkillOlympics” is an event held biennially in a member country or region whichstarted in the year 1950.  More than 1200 Competitors from 74 countriesand regions compete in 50 different skills. The competitors are all under theage of 22 years (except for four skills that have the age limit of 25). It is considered to be the global meeting place for government, education,industry and association leaders to discuss relevant and important issuesrelated to skills management.

As a part ofits commitment towards developing world class skilled workforce for theemerging Indian Auto Industry, Toyota in 2007 established the ToyotaTechnical Training Institute (TTTI) which offers a three year rigorousfull-time training in – Automobile Assembly, Automobile Paint, Automobile Weldand Mechatronics (a combination of mechanical and industrial electronics) tofinancially challenged students hailing from Below Poverty Line (BPL) familiesfrom across Karnataka. This institute exclusively emphasizes on over alldevelopment of the trainees as per industry requirements & towards“Perfecting people” and there by contributing young multi skilled, energetic,ideal students to the nation. Training Curriculum is a unique blend whichfocuses on the holistic development of Knowledge (16%), Skill (34%), Body andMind (50%) of the students. Last year Toyota’s TTTI institute accomplished akey milestone of being selected for “Manufacturing Skill Transfer PromotionProgramme” under the MoC signed by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry,Government of Japan (METI) and Ministry of Skill Development andEntrepreneurship Government of India (MSDE).  

Additionally,Gurukul, is a well-equipped learning center at TKM which imparts diversetraining to employees at all levels supporting them to improve their abilitiesand thoroughly fulfill their roles. Everyone who works at Toyota experiences70% of their development through the job itself and the experience serves as adriving force in developing the next generation. Toyota has partnered withindustrial and technical training institutes across India, to create the ToyotaTechnical Education Program (T-TEP) providing technical know-how training toITI students across India along with hands on real time experience withinToyota dealerships. After a span of over 11 years, TTEP is now associated with47 training institutes under the program, across India.

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