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Volkswagen Launches Mechatronics Apprenticeship Programme in Pune Print E-mail
Written by Vivek   
Friday, 09 September 2011
Pune: The Volkswagen Group has launched the Mechatronics Apprenticeship Programme in Pune. The 3 year programme is based on the German Dual System of Vocational Education and Training. This programme will provide employability in the areas of Production, Maintenance, Planning, Quality Assurance and Research & Development.

The 3 year Volkswagen Mechatronics Apprenticeship Programme has been designed keeping in mind the increasing complexity of production processes which demands a workforce that has expertise in mechanical, electronic and informatics skills as well as in other modern automation technologies.

The training workshops are fully embedded into the Volkswagen plant’s manufacturing environment. This hand in hand approach, which is typical of the dual system of vocational education and training in the Volkswagen locations worldwide, guarantees the best possible practice orientation for the apprentices right from the start of their training.

The company has selected 16 candidates out of 500 applications. For the first three years the company will select batches of 16 candidates and increase the intake later. The trainees, who will be paid a stipend of Rs 3,000, Rs 4,000 and Rs 5,000 per month in the first, second and third year, will be absorbed by the company.

"The automobile industry in India has seen a very strong growth in the past few years.  The need of the hour is to have industry ready people to take care of the challenges raised by this steady growth. The 3 year Mechatronics Apprenticeship Programme by Volkswagen Group India is a step in this direction by developing mechanical, electronic and informatics skills of the workforce in the ever growing automobile industry," said Dr. John Chacko, Volkswagen Group Chief Representative India, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited.

The Volkswagen Academy at Volkswagen India Private Limited is accredited as BTC & RI (Basic Training Centre and Related Instructions) by the Indian vocational training institutions.

The workforce will also develop their interpersonal skills through the programme. The existing Volkswagen Academy Training Centre with its seminar rooms and labs for Soft Skills Training, Electrics/Electronics, Robot, IT and Automation Technology will be a part of the premises utilized to impart this training.

In addition to this, two additional workshops and two additional classrooms will also be used to provide training as part of the Volkswagen Mechatronics Apprenticeship Programme.

The syllabus of the programme has been divided into three parts beginning with the basic skills training at the Volkswagen Training Academy to the project work which includes an insight into the manufacturing and production processes.

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