By Vijay C Roy
Volkswagen Group India is planning a pan-Indian transfer of knowledge on its latest automotive technologies to the employees at its dealerships, by opening three regional training centres outside Maharashtra.
The 2007-opened subsidiary of the German behemoth will, in association with local partners, soon set up centres in the country’s eastern and southern regions besides in the north, where the company inaugurated today its first regional centre — at Mohali near here, in association with Rayat Bahra Group at Rayat & Bahra Centre of Excellence.
Currently, Volkswagen Group imparts training to dealership employees at its plant in Chakan off Pune and at Skoda Auto India Private Limited in Aurangabad. Volkswagen Group India will now provide a manpower development program, called Volkswagen Group Technical Education Program, at the Mohali Campus as part of the vision to create a pool of industry-ready professionals.
Rayat & Bahra Centre of Excellence campus is the first institute in the country that Volkswagen Group India is associating with to implement the Regional Training Centre for employees at Volkswagen Group India dealerships.
Maik Stephan, managing director, Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited said, speaking on the occasion, said the company currently had a network of over 170 dealers. “We are planning to scale it to 200 by this year across the country that will benefit from this programme,” he added.
The initial intake will be 16 to 20 students for each batch, selected on merit basis into the course which is also open to external students.With VG-TAP, Volkswagen aims to also provide training on the latest Volkswagen automotive technologies to university lecturers, who will further provide training to students. The students will also get an opportunity to gain experience of working on latest technology in the automobile industry when they work on cross sections of Volkswagen vehicle engines and aggregates provided to the Institute by Volkswagen Group.
The centre has been inaugurated as a part of the Volkswagen Vision to equip the existing employees of the group’s dealerships in the region with the required skills to bring them on par with the standards of the 1937-founded Wolfburg-based Volkswagen Group international, which has 61 production plants in 21 countries.
Volkswagen Group India, as a part of the initiative, has given the institute quality tools and equipment for training purposes. Under the Regional Training Centre, Volkswagen Group will conduct different technical training programmes for their dealership employees.
Volkswagen Group India also launched the 8th VG-TAP Centre at the Rayat & Bahra Centre of Excellence campus in Mohali. The VG-TAP would be an add-on certificate course for diploma students and ITI Students at Rayat Bahra University. VG-TAP has been launched with a view to generate trained manpower for the automobile industry. This is their eighth association across the country and we plan to extend it to 10 centres by this year-end.