Toyota India has collaborated with the Government of Japan over a "Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme". In Tokyo on 11 November 2016, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan (METI) and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India (MSDE) had signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC). This programme will enhance the manufacturing base of India and contribute to "Make in India" and "Skill India,” through training 30,000 persons over next 10 years with Japanese style manufacturing skills and practices.
The persons would be trained via the establishment of the Japan-India Institutes for Manufacturing (JIM) and the Japanese Endowed Courses (JEC) in engineering colleges designated by Japanese companies in India in cooperation between the public and private sectors. The first three such institutes would start in summer next year in Gujarat, Karnataka and Rajasthan. This was announced after talks between honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Honorable Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Toyota Kirloskar Motor has established Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI) in the year 2007 to impart training to financially challenged students hailing from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families from across Karnataka.
Acknowledging the partnership between India and Japan for Human Resources Development, Mr Vikram Kirloskar, Vice Chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, " We are honoured to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this collaboration between Japan and India to enhance Skill Development in our country. As world’s leading automobile manufacturer, Toyota always has undertaken global actions to promote human resources development. To develop highly skilled talents in India to cater to the growth of the Auto manufacturing industry in India, Toyota had established the Toyota Technical Training Institute to impart free training to under privileged students from rural Karnataka. The students trained in TTTI have been representing & competing in various skill contests in India & globally and have won several accolades over the years. We hope with the "Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme" more and more skilled talents in India will be able to get a global exposure. This will prove to be a great initiative for knowledge sharing between the training institutes of both the nations."
Expressing his thoughts, Mr Akito Tachibana, Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “It is a privilege for us that Toyota Technical Training Institute has been selected as a part of this partnership between Japan and India for human resource development. We are confident that TTTI will set a benchmark amongst the proposed JIM Schools. It will serve as the ideal image for the future skill development initiatives in the industry. We have always given top priority to nurture young talent and convert them into world class skilled workforce to match up with the ever changing auto industry. . We further look forward to contributing to India by passing our global manufacturing skills to budding talents across the nation"