Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) talents have won the third and sixth position at the internationally-renowned ’44th World Skills Competition’ that was held from October 15-18, 2017, at Abu Dhabi. Also called as the ‘Skill Olympics’, the coveted event is one of the most prestigious forums recognising excellence in vocational education and skills. All three contestants who represented TKM at the Competition were trained at Toyota Technical Training Institute. While Mr. Kiran bagged the Bronze Medal in the Prototype Modelling Skill, Mr. H.Varun and Mr. T A. Anand Kumar, were ranked sixth amongst 39 participants from across the globe in the Mechatronics Skill category.
This year, the Competition saw participation from more than 1300 competitors from 59 countries challenging each other in 51 skill categories. India took part in 26 categories winning two medals (silver in patisseries and bronze in prototype) and nine medallions of excellence in the respective categories. The Team which consisted of 28 talented young minds showcased the best ever performance by India since the country began to take part in the competition in 2007. The participants were selected through a nationwide screening process under the guidance of National Skill Development Council (NSDC).
Initiated in 1950, The World Skills Competition is the global hub for skills excellence and development through international cooperation and development between industry, government, organisations and institutions. The competitors are all under the age of 22 years (except for four skills that have the age limit of 25). It is considered to be the global meeting place for government, education, industry and association leaders to discuss relevant and important issues related to skills management.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Sailesh Shetty, Vice President (HR) Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “We at Toyota are honoured that contestants who have been trained at TTTI are making the nation proud at an international platform. The young dynamic talents from rural Karnataka have time and again made their mark at the World Skill Contest under the rigorous training from TTTI. Toyota’s skill development initiatives are aimed at contributing to the Prime Minister’s ‘Skill India’ mission by bridging the gap between India’s rapidly growing industrial sector and availability of highly skilled work force to match up with the ever changing auto industry. We further look forward to contributing to India bypassing our global manufacturing skills to budding talents across the nation.”