In a significant stride towards staying at the forefront of the automotive industry, Tata Motors has unveiled an ambitious initiative to upskill more than 50% of its extensive workforce with cutting-edge auto tech and automotive technology expertise over the next five years. This strategic move is geared towards cultivating a highly skilled and forward-thinking team focused on the burgeoning realms of electric vehicles and other emerging automotive technologies.
The automotive giant, boasting a workforce of over 57,000 professionals spanning various functions, has forged strategic alliances with industry leaders like ARAI, Bosch, Mathworks, SAE, and Tata Technologies, among others. These partnerships serve as the foundation for an extensive upskilling program designed to provide employees with professional certifications in connected, electric, shared, and safe (CESS) automotive technologies.
Sitaram Kandi, Vice President HR for Passenger Vehicles and Electric Vehicles at Tata Motors, emphasized the vital role of consistent upskilling in an ever-evolving industry. He stated, “A dynamically evolving industry like ours mandates consistent upskilling and training to remain ahead of the curve and future ready.” The company has meticulously crafted training modules tailored to meet the diverse developmental needs of individuals, ranging from shopfloor technicians to line engineers, and even plant management. This comprehensive approach aims to impart not only technical and functional skills but also managerial and leadership proficiencies.
Kandi went on to highlight that Tata Motors has collaborated with local universities around its manufacturing plants to develop customized courses for upskilling its workforce. With approximately 25,000 shopfloor employees spread across seven plants, this initiative is poised to have a far-reaching impact.
The automotive powerhouse has also joined hands with esteemed institutions such as BITS Pilani, MIT-ADT University Pune, Institute of Technology Nirma University, and others to offer specialized programs for its workforce. These company-sponsored initiatives open doors to higher education opportunities, including B Tech, M Tech, and Executive MBA programs.
For shopfloor technicians operating across plants, a unique higher education program has been crafted. This program enables them to pursue a diploma in engineering with a specific focus on auto electrical and electronics, mechatronics, and specialized welding skills. This strategic move empowers them with the qualifications needed for professional growth and to meet the evolving demands of the automotive industry.
Since the acquisition of the Ford India facility at Sanand in January, Tata Motors has been committed to upskilling the newly acquired workforce of over 820 employees in partnership with Gujarat’s Ganpat University. This endeavor encompasses curated learning programs centered around forward-thinking manufacturing technologies like Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing, advanced control engineering, and cutting-edge manufacturing systems and processes.
Furthermore, Tata Motors is actively championing diversity and inclusion within the manufacturing sector. Presently, the company boasts a workforce of over 4,500 women employees who contribute their expertise across all plants, spanning a range of functional capabilities.
Kandi reiterated, “Collaborating with tech partners and academic institutions, tailor-made training programs, a nationwide ‘learn & earn’ apprenticeship program, and a sharp focus on diversity and inclusion, is enabling us to develop and nurture a capable, future-ready workforce.” He emphasized that Tata Motors is not only advancing its own cause but also championing the cause of the Indian auto industry as a whole.
About Tata Motors:
Tata Motors Limited, headquartered in Mumbai, is a multinational automotive company and a key subsidiary of the Tata Group. The company specializes in manufacturing a wide range of vehicles, including cars, trucks, vans, and buses. Tata Motors also has prominent subsidiaries such as British luxury automaker Jaguar Land Rover and South Korean commercial vehicle manufacturer Tata Daewoo.
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