(Pic: Bulanath Tupe – An operator turned owner.)
JCB along with its dealer network has set up 12 fully functional Operational Training Centers across India. The centres are located at Ballabgarh, Chhindwara, Jamshedpur, Madurai, Patna, Kathmandu, Jalandhar, Pune, Raipur, Silchar, Kendrapara and Kharagpur. These training centers have trained over 20000 young men as operators till date. The course developed by JCB India is primarily customized for the trainees according to their needs and requirements. The course module is simple in nature; it includes class room training on machine operation & maintenance, features etc. along with practical hands-on training. Apart from focusing on the quality and productivity aspects, the trainer also emphasizes on the safety aspect of operating the machine.
“These programs are run on a not-for-profit basis and a nominal fee is charged to cover up the operational expenses. Through these programmes, the scope to bring employment to the youth of India is immense.” said Vipin Sondhi, MD & CEO, JCB India. “A ‘chhotu’ is a helper who cleans the machine and aspires to be an operator one day. We train thousands of such ‘Chhotus’ across India. Their aspirations take them to even higher levels as many of them are today machine owners,” he added.
To convert the growing challenges into opportunities, India needs talented, trained, certified and skilled manpower. However, only two per cent of the total workforce in India has undergone skills training at present. The infrastructure sector too faces a huge shortage of skilled manpower. While the Government has put an impetus on skills training, a lot of work needs to be done to ensure India’s young population is trained and skilled.
Thousands of operators have benefited from the JCB operator training program. Many operators have ventured overseas and are today successfully operating machines in the Middle East or other parts of the world. Several operators have graduated and become machine owners as well – thus bringing prosperity to themselves and their families. JCB has touched the lives of millions of people in the country. It has given them the hope of having a better tomorrow. JCB training centres enable to bridge the gap between the demand and supply of new talents and trained operators to improve the productivity of the machines for better return of investment.