Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has announced that it will scale up its skill development activities by setting up Automobile Skill Enhancement Centres (ASEC) at 45 Government-run Industrial Training Institutes across the country. The company would train more than 2,100 ITI students and make them job-ready every year at these centres. Each of these Centres will be equipped with a model workshop to provide practical training.
This will be a Corporate Social Responsibility project of Maruti in the country. Maruti Suzuki has committed Rs. 5.0 Crore towards this cause. The trainees will be free to seek employment in any workshop, including those not servicing Maruti Suzuki vehicles. The country's largest automaker will also appoint full-time trainers, provide tools and equipment and forge partnerships with local Maruti Suzuki service workshops to upgrade skills of the youths. The Automobile Skill Enhancement Centres are being set up in designated ITIs in Jammu, Srinagar, Patiala, Hoshiarpur, Yamuna Nagar, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Dehradun, Dewas, Durg, Jabalpur, Surat, Godhra, Ankleshwar, Kolkata, Mangalore, Mysore, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Karimnagar, Vijayawada, Kochi, Calicut, Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram, among others.
Mr. Pankaj Narula, Executive Director (Service), Maruti Suzuki “Through this initiative, Maruti Suzuki wants to contribute to the national effort for skill development and employability. With the growth in number of vehicles on roads, quality repair and maintenance offers a major employment opportunity. Automobile Skill Enhancement Centres will provide hands-on experience to trainees and make them capable of quality service and repair of vehicles.” In addition to the I.T.I curriculum, the students will be given 50 days training by MSIL trainers in areas related to car service, repairs and maintenance. Students trained at the ASECs will be awarded an additional skill training certificate.