Stepping up its skill development efforts under corporate social responsibility (CSR), Maruti Suzuki India, recently inaugurated a state-of-the-art centre-of-excellence (CoE) at ITI, Becharaji in Mehsana district, Gujarat. Set up in collaboration with Government of Gujarat, the CoE, will be used to train and improve the level of technical education of ITI students in the state and contribute to Skill India initiative.
Mehsana region, has seen intense activity in the automobile sector in recent years, especially after setting up of Suzuki Motor Gujarat plant at nearby Hansalpur. Several automobile component makers, including Maruti Suzuki vendors, have set up their manufacturing facilities in the region, increasing employment opportunities for youth with relevant skills.
Speaking on the occasion, Kenichi Ayukawa, MD & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India, said, “Having right skills is the key to employability. Automobile industry is one of the largest employment generating sector. It is important students across the ITIs are imparted with the right skills and attitude to earn and sustain employment in the sector. The centre-of-excellence will help students from various trades to enhance their skill sets. I urge the students to make the most of this facility for a stronger industry connect and a successful career.”
The CoE at ITI Becharaji, spread over 11,800 sq. ft., is equipped with Maruti Suzuki Basic Training lab, Safety Simulation hop, Finishing schools for Weld shop, Paint shop and Assembly shop along with six class rooms. The CoE has a capacity to train 150 trainees per week. Maruti Suzuki has built the infrastructure and the workshop with latest equipment and training tools.
Maruti Suzuki has invested around Rs 4 crore to set up the facility and will continue to maintain and run it.
The CoE will cater to students of Becharaji ITI as well as students from other ITIs across Gujarat. The facility will also be used to train shop floor employees from automobile and auto component makers in the state.