Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. announced its intentions to help setup skill training and enhancement centres across its 400+ vendor base by 2020. The company has christened these skill training centres as Dojo centres. They will serve as a training ground for fresh workmen and re-skilling existing workers.
These centres will replicate working conditions inside a shop floor, thus preparing the workers the actual work environment. Dojo in Japanese means ‘a place of the way’. For Maruti Suzuki these Dojo’s will be a centre to skill, re-skill and right skill the workforce.
A K Tomer, Executive Director (Corporate Planning), Maruti Suzuki, said, “To meet the ever evolving customer expectations, ensuring quality at vendor-end is critical. To help achieve this, Maruti Suzuki has institutionalized the concept of DOJO Centre to be set up at our partners’ facilities. By 2020, our over 400 tier-I partners will have DOJO centres. These state-of-the-art centres develop skills in areas of Quality, Safety and Productivity. This effort is to bring global quality standards and complement the Make in India initiative.”
Maruti Suzuki has insititutionalised the concept of a Dojo training and enhancement centre. The company will provide its partners with the concept and theory around the Dojo facility while these partners will make the appropriate investments toward setting up of these facilities. In ideal situations, a worker is trained for up to 2 weeks, after which they are assessed through a test and only qualifying workers are sent to the shop floor.
The Dojo facilities will also be used as re-skilling centres to refresh manufacturing concepts and educate the existing workforce about technological advancements. These Dojo centres will also provide the workforce with theoretical and practical lessons in concepts of manufacturing, aside from an overview of the company. Knowledge of the company will also enable workers to stay connected with the company. The main thrust of Dojo training remains as an on the job training method, while inculcating a safety culture amongst the workforce.