Volkswagen sets up training academy at Chakan plant


Volkswagen Group India has set up an academy  in the premises of Volkswagen Chakan Plant  with an investment of Rs 35 crore.

The Academy provides technical and non-technical training solutions to Volkswagen Group service brands and its channel partners. Chief minister Prithviraj  Chavan inaugurated the academy.

The Academy houses ten fully functioning classrooms for theory sessions and six practice areas for the practical sessions for participants to get hands on experience on Volkswagen Group products.

It would offer training in many areas, just to mention a few - for sales, after sales, soft skills, IT, soft & behavioural aspects, mechatronics including other technical areas.

In 2010, Volkswagen Group Educational Program (VG-TAP) was introduced in India.

This program supports three polytechnics and seven technical institutes across India with Volkswagen latest training equipment and products providing education to students at the highest professional level.

John Chacko, Volkswagen Group chief representative, India and president and managing director, Volkswagen India Private Limited, said, " Volkswagen Group Academy is a platform for our dealership employees to harness their skills to meet our global standards.This is a prerequisite for achieving higher growth of  Volkswagen Group brands. Also, to meet the training demand of our brands for qualified manpower and to create ready pool industry professionals, we have conceptualised the Volkswagen Group Training Academy.”

Commenting on the occasion, Dietmar Hildebrandt, director group service, Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited, said, “ The Academy will provide platform for assessments, surveys, market research, skill competition and technical seminar amongst others. The Academy also runs a unique Technical Apprentice Program (VG-TAP). This is to create quality talent pool for the automobile industry and also supplement recruitment at dealership level.”