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Volkswagen begins associations with technical training institutes in India Print E-mail
Written by Arjun   
Friday, 05 November 2010
Bangalore: Volkswagen recently launched it's Manpower Development Program known as VG-TAP [Volkswagen Group Technical Education Program] as part of it's vision to have a ready pool of industry ready professionals. Volkswagen will now offer training and technical support to technical training institutes to enhance employability of their students in the automobile sector.

The co-operation between Volkswagen India and the Institutes is to assist the youth with accurate knowledge about modern automobile technologies through a certificate course.

This course will bridge the gap between the course curriculum offered by the institutes and the requirement from the industry. Through this program the company will provide support to the selected institutes in terms of technical support, imparting training to faculties, providing aggregates, sub-assemblies and components of the latest automotive technologies employed in vehicles. The Institutes will have to provide state of the art infrastructure including well appointed classrooms and a workshop facility with all the required tools and equipments. Through the VG-TAP program, ITI (Mechanic Motor Vehicle & Diesel Engine Mechanic) & Diploma (Mechanical & Automobile) engineering students will be trained. Admission to the program will be through stringent selection process.

"The automotive sector is rapidly growing in India, and therefore requires good quality talent to aid the expansion. We want to lend our expertise and knowledge in automobile technology to these institutions in order to create better opportunities for the youth. At the end of the programme the students will also get an opportunity to work at our dealerships across the country," said  Mr. Hildebrandt, Director – Group Service, National Sales Corporation, Volkswagen India.

As part of the agreement, teachers from the various institutes will be trained at the recently inaugurated Volkswagen Training Academy at Chakan, Pune. The teachers, upon the completion of their training, will further train students at the Institutes. These students will be required to appear for an exam which will be conducted and directed by the Volkswagen Training Academy. After successfully clearing the exam these students will then be declared as ‘Certified by Volkswagen’ and will have the opportunity to seize employment at various Volkswagen dealerships across the country.

The Volkswagen India Academy has 1,500 square meters of space, and is equipped with seminar rooms, training material and professional trainers to impart practical training in advanced vehicle and production technologies. Apart from the professional development of employees, customer service personnel and dealerships, the Academy also acts as the base for Volkswagen’s vocational training in India. The Group has developed transnational standards for vocational development in recent years that are oriented to the internationally recognized twin-track vocational training system in Germany.

The Bangalore-based Hindustan Electronics Academy Polytechnic is the first institute in South India that Volkswagen is associating with to implement the VG-TAP program. This is the second such association by Volkswagen in India. The first institute that Volkswagen had announced the co-operation with was the Chandigarh-based Rayat Bahra Group, a leading institution from North India.

"We are glad that leading companies like the Volkswagen Group are sharing their expertise with technical training institutes like ours to equip the youth with the required skill-sets to gain employment," said K.C. Samuel, Chairman, Hindustan Academy.

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