Volkswagen Group India has inaugurated the Volkswagen Group Academy located within the premises of its Chakan plant in Pune. Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Prithviraj Chavan inaugurated the academy in the presence of Volkswagen management. The Academy has state-of-the-art facilities with an investment of 5.2 million euros (Rs 35.86 crore) and covers 5,500 square metres. It would provide technical and non-technical training solutions to Volkswagen Group Service Brands and its Channel Partners.
The Academy houses 10 fully functioning classrooms for theory sessions and six practice areas for the practical sessions for participants to get hands-on experience on Volkswagen Group products. The present setup of the Academy has scope of training over 5,000 participants every year from all over India for durations varying from 2 days to 10 days and can deliver up to 26,000 training man-days. It would offer training in many areas, like sales, aftersales, soft skills, IT, soft and behavioural aspects and mechatronics including other technical areas and also for events like regional qualification world challenge / skill contests and skill mapping. The next step would be planning body shop training as that will help increase dealer profitability and productivity.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Academy, Dr John Chacko, Volkswagen Group Chief Representative India and President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is a prerequisite for achieving higher growth of Volkswagen Group brands. Also, to meet the training demand of our brands for qualified manpower and to create ready pool industry professionals, we have conceptualised the Volkswagen Group Training Academy.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In 2010, Volkswagen Group Educational Program (VG-TAP) was introduced. This program supports three polytechnics and seven technical institutes across India with VolkswagenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s latest training equipment and products providing education to students at the highest professional level. Through this programme, the Group is creating employable talent for the Indian automobile industry.
The Volkswagen Academy will be the main hub for planning and executing the training programmes in India and will also act as monitoring centre of training planning and execution of the four Regional Training Academies present at Aurangabad, Chandigarh, Bangalore and Kolkata. The Academy will hold technical training programs of Volkswagen global standards and provide training on model launches and body shop, along with Ã¢â‚¬ËœTrain the TrainerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ programs. The Training programmes will be designed and prepared at the Academy itself.