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Toyota expands its distinctive skill initiative (T-TEP) aiming to reach many more youth to make them employable, thus scaling India’s skill excellence

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. announced the launch of its distinctive training model T-TEP (BP) at Don Bosco Technical Campus in Chennai, an initiative aimed at creating a pool of talented and skilled professionals for the automobile industry. This is Toyota’s fourth institutional tie-up to enhance skill scales in the state of Tamil Nadu. The first TTEP program was established in M. C. Jain Industrial Training Center in Chennai, under General Technician category during 2006.

The industry is witnessing rapid growth and so is the need for skilled and trained personnel. There exists a hugh skill gap and this special initiative of Toyota represents the continuous efforts to meet such challenges. Hence, associating with ITI’s gives access to train and equip their large pool of young people with the best knowledge.

The event was graced by Fr. Johnson Anthonisamy SDB, Rector of Don Bosco Technical Campus – Chennai, Fr. Ashok Amaladoss SDB, Director of Don Bosco Technical Campus – Chennai, Mr M Lankalingam, Dealer Principal, Lanson Toyota – Chennai, Mr. T K Manikansan, Vice President & Mr. Senthil Kumar, Vice President (Customer Service) – Harsha Toyota, Chennai  along with  Mr. B. Padmanabha, Vice President (Customer Service Group) Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd., – Bengaluru & Mr. Ravi P Sontakke, Deputy General Manager (Customer Service Group) – Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru.

T-TEP, a special training module in which Toyota has tied up with industrial training institutes, was launched in 2006 in India. The program aims at providing technical know-how training to ITI students across India including hands-on real time experience in Toyota outlets. Since launch, TTEP is associated with 48 training institutes under the program. In its first year, the program was implemented in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Hubli. The program was subsequently introduced nation-wide covering Bengaluru, Mysuru, Lalru, Pune, Cochin, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Ghaziabad, Kolkata, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Indore, Vizag, Ludhiana, Cuttack, Haldwani, Nalbari, Gurgaon, Satara, Paramakudi , Chalakudy, Mangaluru, Calicut & Nashik.

Till now, more than 6,750 students have been trained under this training program of which 63% have been offered employment opportunities at Toyota Dealerships across India.  This is the fourth T-TEP in Tamilnadu, following one institute in Mohanmull Chordia Jain Industrial Training Center Chennai and two in Govt Industrial Training Institute, Paramakudi 2years back. Till date, a total of over 240 students have been trained by Toyota through this program from the state, of which 83% have been recruited by Toyota Dealers.

With this program, Toyota Kirloskar Motor intends to enhance the technical abilities and employability of Industrial Training Institute (ITI) students in the age group of 16 to 18 years. The program will benefit ITIs in building skilful technicians for the Indian automotive repair industry. The current automobile repair industry is characterised by inadequately skilled manpower and lack of professional training for repair and diagnostics

The event marked the launch of the second Body & Paint TTEP Program in Tamil Nadu. The BP T-TEP training syllabus imparts training on basic body and paint repair skills in addition to dealer specific requirements to students, thereby improving their knowledge of repair techniques and facilitating the adoption of latest technology in Body & Paint. Currently, Body & Paint technicians have limited information and hands on experience on correct repair operations and techniques, forcing dealers to recruit manpower from local garages. Toyota along with its supplier partners, Axalta Coating Systems India Pvt Ltd and 3M, will provide all necessary support to the institute i.e. training consumables, visiting faculty, training material, tools, equipments etc.

Commenting on the occasion Fr. Johnson Anthonisamy SDB, Rector, of The Don Bosco Technical Campus said, “It is an honour to be associated with Toyota through this unique program – TTEP.  Our institutions’ mission to give quality education and we see this partnership as a great opportunity to train students to become highly skilled potential employees. The new curriculum will also offer another dimension to the already comprehensive automotive technology program we offer at our institute.”

Commenting on the occasion Mr. B Padmanabha, Vice President (Customer Service Group) – Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. said, “The progress of our country is in the hands of the youth. By providing them with necessary opportunities and advanced skill and knowledge training, we should increase their competency to meet the rising market requirements. Due to the huge gap between what is taught and what the industry requires, a substantial time is spent by companies on training and retraining new talent. These initiatives will only reduce such gaps, enabling each candidate to be industry-ready as soon as they graduate from the institutes.

We first established this training module back in 2006, when we started facing the issue of inadequate trained and skilled manpower availability across the industry. We want TTEP to be a contributing partner to the sustainable growth of the automobile industry by enhancing the technical capabilities of young India. The students who have undergone this training program will be seamless to what they will experience in a real plant facility operations.  In India, we have established successful association with 48 institutes across 17 states under the TTEP program. It is in line with Government’s ‘Skill India’ program helping bridge the gap that lies in the availability of highly skilled workforce to match up with India’s rapidly growing industrial sector.  With these T-TEP launches, we are further emphasizing our objective to churn out opportunities for talented students from the rural areas and make them more employable for the Indian automobile industry.

The special course of Body & Paint Technician is designed keeping in mind the advanced technology required for the Automobile Market. We thrive to give best to the students who will eventually contribute to the growing Automobile Market and Service Industry” he added.

The BP T-TEP, a 1 year syllabus, introduces students to Toyota’s advanced technology and service techniques under Body & Paint trade. This program also includes on-the-job training at Toyota’s dealerships. As a part of this program, TKM will also train institute instructors in the latest technology, used at Toyota and the automobile industry.

TKM plans to further expand this program to technical institutes across the country in the coming years and reach out to many more students to up-scale their skill sets. The project is jointly funded by Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Kirloskar Motor. Together they provide T-TEP institutes with hi-tech training packages and Toyota service training manuals and materials.

T-TEP is widely recognized across the globe for its effectiveness. The program has been successfully introduced in 508 institutes across 55 countries by Toyota, which includes USA, Australia, Italy, South Africa, China, Vietnam and India.

Overview of TKM


Company name Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited
Equity participation TMC: 89%, Kirloskar Group: 11%
Number of employees Approx. 7, 000 +
Land area Approx. 432 acres (approx.1,700,000 m2)
Building area 74,000 m2
Total Installed Production capacity Upto 3,10,000 units


Overview of TKM 1st Plant:

Established October 1997 (start of production: December 1999)
Location Bidadi
Products Innova, Fortuner manufactured in India.
Prado, Land Cruiser and Prius imported as CBUs.
Installed Production capacity Upto 1,00,000 units


Overview of TKM 2nd Plant:

Start of Production December 2010
Location On the site of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited, Bidadi
Products Corolla Altis, Etios, Etios Liva, Etios Cross, Camry & Camry Hybrid
Installed Production capacity Upto 2,10,000 units


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