New Delhi: Leading auto parts supplier SKF India signed on Monday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tata Community Initiatives Trust (TCIT) to explore and develop skill development initiatives through Tata STRIVE.
To be implemented and delivered at ‘SKF-Tata STRIVE Skill Development Centre’, the vocational training centre set up in Pune in Maharashtra, the programme will reach out to the underprivileged youth of the country and equip them with skills relevant to the industry, thereby improving their employability, the auto component maker said in a release.
Tata STRIVE is an initiative of the Tata Trust that addresses the national challenge of skill development of the youth by collaborating with and bringing together the collective expertise of various players including Tata and non-Tata companies, governments, banks and fellow-NGOs.
Manish Bhatnagar, MD, SKF India, said, “Education and skills are areas where we can make enormous change. We welcome our new partnership with Tata STRIVE to strengthen education, bridge the skills gap that exists across the industry value chain and boost the employability of young people. As a socially responsible corporate, we want all our programmes to make a meaningful difference, and we will continue to undertake similar initiatives in the future.”
Under this partnership, SKF India and Tata STRIVE will jointly develop and deliver vocational training courses for unemployed and/or employed young people within their operational areas.
Anita Rajan, CEO, Tata STRIVE, said, “We are pleased to partner with SKF India and bring industry-approved skill development programmes that aim to make the youth job-ready. The setting up of the centre is a clear joint commitment for action to improve young people’s employability through quality training programmes. Together we hope to build and strengthen the bridge that seamlessly enables youth transition into the workforce. “
Areas of focus covered under this MoU will include vocational training on automobile technician, personality development, management skills and entrepreneurship skills. Additionally, through this partnership, a Business Incubation Centre (model garage) for enabling sustainable livelihood training through entrepreneurship will be set up.
The programme will train the youth to work at various automotive OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), dealer service network and workshops and impart entrepreneurial skills to enable them to set up their own vehicle service stations in future, SKF India added.