Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), the apex body representing
India’s Auto Component manufacturing industry, signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) with BFZ, the Training and Development Centers of the
Bavarian Employers’ Association of Germany.
part of the MoU, ACMA and BFZ, to begin with, will work together for
implementation of a pilot cluster with six companies in the NCR region on
Strengthening Industry-based Approaches for Dual Education and Training
(SINADE), a joint initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Education and
Research (BMBF) and the Ministry for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
(MSDE), Government of India.
scope of the cooperation between ACMA and BFZ includes:
Introduction and implementation of vocational training and education processes
in the participating cluster companies to enable them to adopt and adapt to new
technologies and enhance their productivity and competitiveness.
Creating a pool of experts within the participating cluster companies for
enhanced vocational training structures and processes. In the first phase the
participating cluster companies will be enabled to train and educate their own
staff according to their requirements while in a second phase they shall be
prepared to employ and train regular apprentices under the National
Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS).
Creation of Common Faculty Centres (CFCs) with latest equipment for hands-on
training for industrial workforce.
Establishing a formal Training of Trainers (ToT) infrastructure to enable ACMA
and the participating cluster companies to implement this ToT.
Development and implementation of a modern certification and examination system
for technical and vocational training.
Mehta, Director General, ACMA said, “Germany is renowned for its vocational
training system which complements the formal education system and ensures
availability of appropriate skills in tune with the need of the industry.
Considering the transformative phase that the Indian automotive industry is
going through, to stay competitive, it will need workforce with newer skills
and re-skilling of the existing. Through this joint cluster project with BFZ,
we intend to create a ‘Training-of-Trainers infrastructure’ to create a pool of
experts in ACMA as also the auto component industry in new age technologies.
The set of trainers so created can in-turn train others, thus addressing the
skill-gap in the industry”.