Bosch supports India’s skilling agenda with new development center in Bangalore

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  • The center is created at the Government I.T.I. at Dairy Circle, Bengaluru
  • It houses seven learning facilities along with two labs developed in association with Samsung
  • The center will help upskill current and future I.T.I students and prepare them for future endeavours

Bengaluru – As Indian industries continue to evolve; it has become necessary for the workforce today to upskill themselves in order to improve their technical knowledge. Bosch Limited has come forward to support the development of such a workforce through the creation of a new ‘Skill Development Center’ at the Government Industrial Training Institute (I.T.I.) at Dairy Circle in Bengaluru. The center, named Model-Block 1, was inaugurated by Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Additional Secretary, Director General of Training (DGT), Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India, and Mr. Soumitra Bhattacharya, Managing Director, Bosch Limited and President, Bosch Group India. It forms a part of India’s larger skill development agenda and will upskill both current and future I.T.I. students with industry-relevant skills.

Bosch’s model Skill Development Center houses seven learning facilities within it, including a Mechatronics Lab, a Modern Manufacturing Lab, a Modern Carpentry Lab and an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Lab. Further, two other labs have been developed in partnership with Samsung, namely the Hand-held Phone and Audio-Visual Lab and Home Appliances Lab.

Speaking at the inauguration, Mr, Rajesh Aggarwal said, “I am very happy to see the transformations that are happening in I.T.Is across India. An important aspect for these institutes is to have an industry connect and it is evident here in this I.T.I. I am confident that with further investments from the state and central government, we will see more of such development centers in the coming future.”

“The evolving landscape of the industry in India has created the need for a workforce that is capable of adapting to not only current but also future trends. The purpose of this I.T.I is to address this need on an ongoing basis. Public-private partnerships such as Bosch’s Skill Development Center are the best way to ensure the success of this endeavour and we are proud to be able to aid the Government in the training of the country’s future workforce,” said Mr. Bhattacharya, Managing Director, Bosch Ltd.

The Skill Development Center is the latest addition to Bosch’s skilling endeavours that look to support the industry by improving the workforce. The dignitaries also met a few trainees of this program after the inauguration ceremony. Ensuring the employability of unprivileged school dropout youth is an important thrust area for Bosch Limited. Among company’s other major initiatives, BRIDGE program aims to make underprivileged youth more employable through short-term training courses.

Bosch’s partnership with the Government of India is part of a larger initiative launched by the government to upgrade a total of 1396 I.T.I.s through public-private partnerships (PPP). The Government of Karnataka has also identified 28 I.T.I.s in the state and allotted Rs 10 crore to each of them to be developed as “Model I.T.I.s”.

 Bosch supports India’s skilling agenda

About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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