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Tata Motors inducts batch of 80 youth as apprentices at Singur plant Press kit

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16 January, 2008

Tata Motors today inducted a batch of 80 youth as apprentices at the Singur People’s Car plant, as per the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) signed between Tata Motors, West Bengal’s Department of Technical Education & Training (DTET) and West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC). 

This batch comprises youth from Singur villages who had earlier registered with the WBIDC. The youth have undergone either a 6-month or a 9-month training programme at the ITI Howrah Homes, ITI Hooghly, ATI Dasnagar and the Ramakrishna Shilpa Mandir, Howrah. After completing their respective programme, they took a trade test conducted by the West Bengal Government’s DTET. The successful candidates were selected as apprentices, and will now undergo 15 months’ hands-on training at Tata Motors facilities to make them multi-skilled. On successful completion of this 15-month programme, the trainees will take the trade tests to qualify for trade certificates issued by the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and will become eligible for employment at the Singur plant and vendor facilities. In addition to 60 Singur youth, 20 youth from various ITIs of West Bengal, selected from the campus by Tata Motors, have also been inducted. 

Tata Motors had already appointed the first batch of 16 local youth, educated in state-run Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) as employees at the Singur plant from October 2007. They have been given intense training at Tata Motors’ plants in Jamshedpur and Pune since March 2007. 

311 others under training
Another group of 311 individuals, all from Singur villages, are now undergoing either a 6-month or a 9-month training programme since May 2007, at the ITI Howrah Homes, ITI Hooghly, ATI Dasnagar and the Ramakrishna Shilpa Mandir, Howrah. After completing their respective programme, they will undertake a trade test to be conducted by the West Bengal Government’s Department of Technical Education & Training (DTET). The successful candidates will then undergo 15 months’ hands-on training at Tata Motors facilities to make them multi-skilled. On successful completion of this 15-month programme, the trainees will take the trade tests to qualify for trade certificates issued by the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and will become eligible for employment at the Singur plant and vendor facilities. 

This initiative is part of Tata Motors’ comprehensive community development programme for Singur, in line with the company’s practices in other locations. The programme includes: a) training, according to an individual’s educational qualifications and skill, to improve their employability; b) training women for employability – through facilitation of cooperative societies – to produce a diverse range of items, which could be used in the Tata Motors plant or the vendor plants; and c) social development in the Singur area, through community centres, and support for primary health, primary/secondary education and adult education. 

About Tata Motors
Tata Motors is India’s largest automobile company, with revenues of US $ 7.2 billion in 2006-2007. With over 4 million Tata vehicles plying in India, it is the leader in commercial vehicles and the second largest in passenger vehicles. It is also the world’s fifth largest medium and heavy truck manufacturer and the second largest heavy bus manufacturer. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia and South America. Tata Motors and Fiat Auto have formed an industrial joint venture in India to manufacture passenger cars, engines and transmissions for the Indian and overseas markets; Tata Motors also has an agreement with Fiat Auto to build a pick-up vehicle at Córdoba, Argentina. The company already distributes Fiat branded cars in India. Tata Motors’ international footprint includes Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicle Co. Ltd. in South Korea; Hispano Carrocera, a bus and coach manufacturer of Spain in which the company has a 21% stake; a joint venture with Marcopolo, the Brazil-based body-builder of buses and coaches; and a joint venture with Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant Company of Thailand to manufacture and market pick-up vehicles in Thailand. Tata Motors has research centres in India, the U.K., and in its subsidiary and associate companies in South Korea and Spain.

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