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Maruti Suzuki and Haryana Government launch initiative to advance workers' careers

Maruti Suzuki to launch an initiative with Haryana Govt that will allow its entry-level workers to study further and advance their careers.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Jul 17, 2012, 07.22 PM IST
NEW DELHI: Leading car marker Maruti Suzuki is launching an initiative that will allow workers at the shop floor to gain further education and advance their careers. MSIL is planning to tie up with the Haryana Technical Engineering Department, to offer a three-year engineering programme to its shop floor technicians in areas such a mechanical and electrical engineering. Both the parties are likely to sign the MoU today (July 17).

At present, the company has more than 2,000 shop floor technicians. To start with, the company will provide this facility to about 60 shop floor technicians this year. The batch size may increase in the years to come.

The candidates will be selected on the basis of an entrance test. "The programme has been cutsomised keeping in view manpower requirements in the coming year," says S Y Siddiqui, chief operating officer (Administration). The company is ramping up some plants in the Gurgaon-Manesar region, besides setting up a new facility in Gujarat. "We intend to build capabilities within Maruti for the near future,"he adds.

These 60 technicians will go through part time classes, which will be held four days a week. The company is also providing financial support by paying 50% of the course fees for these candidates. The rest of the amount will be paid by the candidate, for which they will get an interest free loan from the company. The course fees is about Rs 18,000 per annum.

"Those who successfully complete the program with 60% or above will be considered for promotion at the supervisory cadre," says Siddiqui.

The initiative has been planned after understanding the aspirations of employees at that level. "Typically, this group of employees may take help of collective bargaining to get what they want. We want to give them a platform to develop their capabilities further and move up in the organisation." The company also plans to provide support to these candidates by mentoring and coaching them within the organisation.

A shop floor technician is usually the one who has completed diploma studies from an ITI. He may earn about Rs 25,000 (CTC) per month, while a supervisor with about three years of work experience gets about Rs 35,000 (CTC) per month. The company will make these candidates sign bonds for three years.

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