Maruti Suzuki India Limited is planning to set up 400 skill training and enhancement centres in partnership with its vendors by 2020 in order to provide uncompromising quality to its customers. The facilities have been christened as DOJO centres and will be the training grounds for fresh workmen and re-skilling for existing workforce. Not only to the customers but the DOJO centres will also replicate exact working conditions as inside a shop floor, so that the worker feels at ease when he joins work after his training.
Commenting on the initiative, A K Tomer, Executive Director (Corporate Planning), Maruti Suzuki said, “To meet the ever evolving customer expectations, ensuring quality at vendor-end is critical. To help achieve this, Maruti Suzuki has institutionalized the concept of DOJO Centre to be set up at our partners’ facilities. By 2020, our over 400 tier-I partners will have DOJO centres. These state-of-the-art centres develop skills in areas of Quality, Safety and Productivity. This effort is to bring global quality standards and complement the Make in India initiative.”
A DOJO centre serves as a workshop that helps in skilling, re-skilling and right skilling the workers. These centres help to acclimatize professionals and thoroughly preparing them, especially new workforce before they join work on the shop floor at manufacturing plants. However, in other contexts, the word DOJO means ‘a place of the way’ in Japanese and ‘a place to train’ in martial arts.
While, Maruti Suzuki has institutionalized the DOJO Centre facilities, helping with the concept the partners make the investment towards setting up of the skill training and enhancement facility. A new worker is trained for upto 2-weeks before he joins the shop floor. However, the workers don’t get the chance to work at the centre just like that but an assessment test is conducted at the end of the training, and only qualified workers are sent to the shop floor.
Apart from training and skilling, re-skilling of the existing workforce is also undertaken at DOJO Centres to refresh manufacturing concepts and educate them about technological advancements. The DOJO centre also provides both theory and practical lessons in basic concepts of manufacturing apart from a brief overview of the company. The motive towards providing company knowledge is to help the worker stay connected with the company. However, the main thrust of DOJO training remains on on-job training, while inculcating a safety culture. Currently, over 90 DOJO centres are operational at Maruti Suzuki partners’ facilities.
Apart from such initiatives, Maruti Suzuki has been in the news regularly in the auto market for different reason now days. The automaker has achieved the milestone of selling over 1 lakh 2018 Swift models since its launch at the Auto Expo in February this year. However, the company has also discontinued the diesel model of the Ignis hatchback due to low demand in the market. Also, Maruti Suzuki is preparing for the global debut of the 2018 Jimny on 5th July next month. Apart from these, Maruti has also achieved a new sales milestone by selling over 3 lakh automatic transmission models in the Indian market. The constant rise in the profile of the Indo-Japanese carmaker makes it the leader in the passenger vehicle segment in India.
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