“Skill on Wheels” is conceptualized & executed by Maruti Center for Excellence (MACE), a society formed by Maruti Suzuki India Limited and 21 of its vendor partners. This mobile center will provide training in areas of Preventive & Predictive Maintenance, Low Cost Automation and Energy Management. Additionally, the facility is equipped to provide training in Safety, Quality and soft skills.
Talking about the initiative, Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said, “We are pleased to start this unique initiative. Offering quality products and services to customers is of prime importance for us. The product and component quality levels can be met only if we have skilled manpower across manufacturing facilities, at Maruti Suzuki as well as our supplier partners. The new “Skill on Wheels” will reach locations across the automobile belt in Delhi NCR, to give an opportunity to train and enhance skill levels of employees of vendor partners. We are confident that our vendors will value this well-equipped training facility at their doorstep and benefit from this initiative.”
He added, “Such a customized mobile training center shall make learning accessible to suppliers in remote areas and to those who are not able to relieve their personnel for such trainings in normal routine.”
About Maruti Center for Excellence (MACE)
MACE, set up in 2004 is an initiative by Maruti Suzuki and a group of vendor partners. Its mission is to achieve world class levels in Quality, Cost and Technology by upgrading the skills of human capital of its vendors and dealer partners. MACE supports suppliers in the areas of Safety, Manufacturing System Development, Manufacturing Excellence & Human Capital Development, and Consultancy & Training. MACE has designed several customized technical and behavioral training programs to facilitate the suppliers with the know-how to help them achieve maximum productivity.
Apart from the other benefits, the vendor partners have majorly benefitted from the training initiative. Till the end of March 2019 MACE has trained over 70,000 employees of vendor partners, resulting in over 90,000 man-days of training. The training initiative has benefitted over 740 Maruti Suzuki suppliers spread across the country.