Receives the ‘HR Innovation of the Year’ award for outstanding contribution to skill development, at the Asia Pacific Excellence Awards, 2016
Tata Motors has been at the forefront in creating the right set of talent pool for the automobile engineering and manufacturing industry. The Company over the past few years has associated with over 135 ITIs across 19 states, to develop skilled & highly competent manpower that’s future ready. Furthermore, Tata Motors has launched series of programs to provide technical and vocational training for the unemployed youth.
At the Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards held in Hong Kong recently, Tata Motors was awarded ‘HR Innovation of the Year’, for its significant contribution to skill development in the automotive sector. With the aim to make the Indian automotive industry globally competitive, the skill development program by Tata Motors is the perfect blend of technical modules and self-development courses with industry leaders as mentors
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gajendra Chandel, CHRO – Tata Motors Ltd. said, “In line with the government’s aggressive plans under the Skill India Mission, we at Tata Motors are constantly increasing our efforts on skill development programs, for an agile and future-ready workforce. Our focus is to drive skilling of young boys and girls in the automotive domain and enhance their employability within India and other countries. With humility, we accept this award for recognition of our contribution towards skill development, and will continue to move on this path towards many such endeavors in the future.”
As part of the skill development initiative, Tata Motors is also working towards promoting gender diversity in auto manufacturing & service sectors. Addressing the automotive skill challenges, the company focuses on skilling school drop-outs and youth especially women, while enhancing global employability. All skill development initiatives by Tata Motors are designed and implemented in line with the Global Skill Qualification framework and Occupational Standards.
Over the years, focused initiatives such as LEAP (Learn and Earn Program) have been undertaken, while upgrading the in-house training facilities as well leveraging the skill partners’ capabilities, with the ultimate aim of creating a world class work force and preparing the potential employees ‘Job-ready’ as they embark upon their professional careers.
About Asia Pacific Excellence Awards, 2016:
Created to honor the most outstanding achievements in various professional fields, The Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards, is hosted by Communication Director, a global magazine for corporate communications and public relations focused in providing real insights into today’s multinational communications. The awards have been celebrating the achievements of various corporate contributions in the past 10 years with rollouts in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America bringing the celebration to a global level.
The Jury committee consists of leading communications and HR professionals from companies, agencies, associations, institutions and universities across the globe.
About Tata Motors:
Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of INR 2,75,561 crores (USD 41.6 billion) in 2015-16. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India. With over 9 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS and Russia.
Amongst various accolades, we were also recognized as the Best Learning Organization of Asia (2011-12). Several reputed organizations across various sectors were evaluated through a rigorous, multi-stage, independent assessment process. This evaluation process comprised of five different tests on having a defined learning agenda, managing discordant information, avoiding the repetition of mistakes, avoiding the loss of critical data with people exits, and acting on what the organization knows.
A Global Touch
Tata Motors 170-nation network gives employees opportunities that few companies in the world can provide.
Tata Motors has a natural advantage in attracting talent in spite of its sluggish performance in the domestic market. Its best performers in India can get a chance to work with the company’s marquee brands in the UK – Jaguar and Land Rover. The company says 150-200 employees get global experience every two-three years.
Tata Motors employs over 59,000 people in 170 countries. The employees are as diverse as its network, comprising over 6,600 touch points and R&D centres. The company, says Gajendra Chandel, Chief Human Resources Officer, ensures a judicious mix of people in its workforce. "The question is, how can we attract talent? How can we mentor the aspirational employees? We look at the entire lifecycle management of people," says Chandel.
The human resource strategy is based on the premise that people drive performance and help companies meet long-term objectives. Programmes such as mini-assessments and the Fast Track Selection Scheme ensure that talent is spotted early.
“Employee responsibilities move across functions and geographies. The development plan depends on the employee’s skills, leadership qualities and behaviour. We have structured mid-year and full-year reviews to frame the development plan,” says Chandel.
Tata Motors Academy enables knowledge sharing through initiatives such as Learning Management System (LMS) and iTeach. LMS allows employees to take ownership of knowledge accretion, while iTeach provides a platform for senior management to share their expertise. Combined with a rearticulated compensation philosophy and variable pay plan, the human resource initiatives ensure that Tata Motors remains performance-oriented and talent-driven. According to the company, employee satisfaction rates have risen from 57 per cent to an all-time high of 65 per cent. Attrition is falling and is now in single digits, says Chandel.
Gender diversity is another strong point of Tata Motors. About 1,800 women work on the shop floor. “We provide women a comfortable working environment. We offer six months maternity leave, work-from-home option and 3-12 months sabbatical. The plants have creches,” says Chandel. Medical insurance covers to employees are also quite generous. ~