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Bengaluru, August 12, 2016: Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI), an institute designed to train bright talents from the rural corners of Karnataka, today celebrated its 7th convocation ceremony and conferred academic degrees to 64 students from the outgoing batch of 2013-2016. The academic honors were handed over by the Chief Guest Mr. Venu Srinivasan, Chairman – TVS Motor Company Limited along with Mr. Vikram Kirloskar, Vice Chairman – Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Mr. Akito Tachibana, Managing Director – Toyota Kirloskar Motor in the presence of proud family members of the outgoing students.

TTTI trains intelligent students from economically weaker sections of the society to become skilled technicians in auto manufacturing and plant administration. The curriculum is a unique blend which focuses on the holistic development of Knowledge, Skill and Body & Mind (ATTITUDE). Since establishment, the institute has trained 448 students who have been inducted at Toyota Kirloskar Motor & other Toyota Group companies.

Sharing his views, Mr. Vikram Kirloskar, Vice Chairman – Toyota Kirloskar Motor, said, “There has been an apparent disparity in the learning curve between the education imparted and on-ground skills among the youth today.  Toyota Kirloskar Motor has been working (tirelessly) towards addressing this issue through institute like TTTI that not only hone skill sets but also provides on the job trainings. I take this opportunity to wish the best for the outgoing students.”

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Akito Tachibana, Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “Through Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI) our focus has been to train and develop highly skilled manpower for greater career prospects in the automobile industry. Toyota’s origins can be traced back to the founding principle of contributing to society by manufacturing & selling the safest and environment friendly cars. We are always focused to reach the best quality products & services to our customers to meet their expectations beyond. We, at Toyota, strongly believe in practicing & applying our basic philosophy such as Toyota Way, TPS (Toyota Production System), Kaizen (continuous improvement), etc, in every process that we do.

TTTI has been successful in fulfilling our vision to offer the underprivileged students, the opportunity to learn & adopt Toyota’s best practices. The candidates who have passed out of this institute are flexible, focused, and well-equipped with the best-in-class skill level-up, thus contributing towards building a strong work force for the industry as a whole.”

The three year rigorous academic course at TTTI consists of a comprehensive, full time training in the following trades – Automobile Assembly, Automobile Paint, Automobile Weld and Mechatronics (a combination of mechanical and industrial electronics). The courses involve training at TKM plant where students are given practical training of applying the world renowned ‘Toyota Production Systems’ to the various manufacturing processes. TTTI curriculum is designed to be a complete learning experience, with basic subjects and recreational activities being included in addition to imparting knowledge on automobile manufacturing. The purpose of this technical training institute is to offer students an opportunity to acquire special skills of “Monozukuri” (“skilled manufacturing”).

Established in the year 2007 as a part of TKM’s social initiatives, the first batch of students from TTTI received their academic degrees in 2010 in the gracious presence of Dr. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India. The institute is a fully residential school. The objective of TTTI is to develop good corporate citizens equipped with Toyota specific methodologies and create learning opportunities for the deserving individuals. The students of TTTI can also appear for the NSQF (National Skills Qualification Framework) exam, on pass out, they become eligible to work in any industry including government services or even explore opportunities overseas.

The TTTI students have been participating in various competitive contests held in India & at a global level. The students have won many awards such as the India Skills Contest held in Jul 2016, wherein the TTTI students represented Toyota Kirloskar Motor. Organized by the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, the contest witnessed participation from 560 contestants including 88 Institutes & 8 automobile companies like Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra, Honda, Volkswagen, Tata Motors, etc. TTTI students bagged 1st & 2nd positions under Mechatronic Skills. The winning students were felicitated by Mr. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Hon’ble Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge), Government of India, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Mr. Jayant Krishna, Chief Executive Officer, National Skill Development Corporation. The winning students qualify for selections to World Skills 2017, which is scheduled to be held at Abu Dhabi.

At the global level, students of TTTI represented showcasing 26 skill sets during 2015 World Skill Competition held at Brazil (also called the Skills Olympics which started in 1950 – where more than 74 countries competed in 50 different skills), securing 4th position by winning a Medallion of Excellence Award.