Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Mercedes-Benz India opens ‘Advanced Auto Body Repair Training Centre’ in Don Bosco, Chinchwad

Mercedes-Benz India pursues skill development endeavour for the youth, inaugurates the ‘Advanced Auto Body Repair Training Centre’ in Don Bosco, Chinchwad

  • One-of-its kind ‘Advanced Auto Body Repair’ course in India for young aspirants aimed at developing the much in demand Auto Body repair technicians in the country
  • Mercedes-Benz has donated a C-Class to Don Bosco for practical training purpose for the course
  • Mercedes-Benz will provide scholarship to 10 economically weak students for the course
  • A Standard 10th qualified aspirant can apply also for this job-oriented course
  • The trainers for this course have been trained at Mercedes-Benz India body shop
  • Additionally, the trainers underwent 3 weeks of training each at M/s Cellete body shop equipment provider and at select Mercedes-Benz dealers
  • Mercedes-Benz has invested a total of INR 26.5 million for setting up the Training Centre

Pune: India’s largest luxury car maker, Mercedes-Benz India today re-affirmed its commitment to strengthen the development of advanced technical skill-set amongst the youth who want to pursue a career in the automotive service industry. The company today inaugurated the unique ‘Advanced Auto Body Repair Training Centre’ in association with Don Bosco ITI, Chinchwad. The Training Centre is aimed at equipping ambitious youngsters with advanced technical skill-sets enabling them to pursue a successful career in the highly competitive automotive service sector. The inauguration
of the Advanced Auto Body Repair Centre will also give a significant boost to the
demand of highly skilled and technically adept manpower, which can play a crucial role
in bringing service excellence to the service sector of the automotive industry. The
centre was jointly inaugurated by Roland Folger, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz
India and Fr. Godfrey D’souza, Salesian Provincial, Mumbai - in the presence of
Santosh Iyer, Vice President, After-Sales & Retail Training, Mercedes-Benz India and
Fr. Corils Gonsalves, Director Don Bosco Private ITI in Chinchwad today.

The selected candidates will get an opportunity to hone their technical skill sets with the
help of the latest equipment including a Mercedes-Benz car provided by the company.
This one-of-its-kind course identifies itself with the vision of “Skill India” which aims at
utilizing the youth demographics and create skilled workers at this Training Centre.
Mercedes-Benz India has spent a total of INR 26.5 million on the project.

Inaugurating the Training Centre, Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO,
Mercedes-Benz India said, “India is rich in its manpower, but opportunities and
facilities that train and gainfully employ them are by far, few. On the other hand, growth
in the automotive industry, changing technology, a burgeoning economy, a larger
disposable income and lowering first hand life-cycle of cars have triggered huge
demand for skilled technicians and that of upskilling in the sector. Mercedes-Benz has
been the pioneers in providing employment to talented young heads over a decade
now, by introducing them to the Advanced Diploma in Automotive Mechatronics course
by collaborating with various reputed technical institutions. We have been conducting
these programmes with very high levels of success, and the overwhelming response
from the aspiring students has inspired us to expand our skill sharing initiatives further.
The inauguration of the Advanced Body Repair Training Centre in Don Bosco is yet
another commitment from Mercedes-Benz to develop highly skilled manpower for the
industry, thus contributing to the vision of ‘Skill India’.”

Mr. Folger further explained, “The partnership with Mercedes-Benz and Don Bosco
through this Advanced Auto Body Parts Training Centre’ will remain an important
milestone towards modernization, practical relevance and flexibility of vocational
education and training in Maharashtra. The unique aspect of this collaboration will be
the continuous engagement of Mercedes-Benz India colleagues in the planning of the
syllabus on modern automotive technology, supply of Mercedes-Benz cars for training
purposes, training of lecturers and also supply of advanced technical tools and
equipment for the students. The Advanced Auto Body Repair course will focus on
automotive crash repair and automotive body structure related repair activities, ensuring
a well-trained and highly skilled manpower supply in these crucial areas of servicing.
This skill development programme will only strengthen the automotive service industry,
where service excellence is increasingly becoming crucial to a brand’s long-term
success in India. Mercedes-Benz and its dealerships across the country can absorb
these young talent heads directly via campus recruitment.”

Speaking on the occasion, Fr. Corils Gonsalves, Director Don Bosco Private ITI,
said, “We at Don Bosco ITI applaud Mercedes-Benz India for undertaking this noble
initiative of supporting us in establishing this Advanced Auto Body Repair Training
Centre. This initiative will help many young aspirants in times to come, who may not
have a sound financial background, to build a career in the automotive industry. Don
Bosco ITI is renowned for providing job oriented vocational and training programmes,
and the inauguration of the Advanced Auto Body Repair Training Centre will create a
new benchmark in offering superlative education in this field. We are delighted that
many students will now find a unique opportunity to build a career, thanks to the
automotive icon, Mercedes-Benz."

Details of the Advanced Auto Body Repair course:

The course will be taught at Don Bosco, Chinchwad in Pune in an approximate area of
900 sq. meters. The course is as per the ITI standards and hence will be for duration of
1 year with 21 students per batch. An additional 1 month will be utilized for imparting
Mercedes-Benz Auto Body Technology knowhow to the students. With the introduction
of new safety norms and light weight body construction concepts, technology is evolving
across all automotive brands. The knowledge and skill gained at the Advanced Auto
Body Part Repair Centre can be applied to any automobile. This is also the first of its
kind training course on Advanced Auto Body Repair with the latest equipment and

The course contents are based on the ITI trade of Auto Body Repair Technician (12
months) and add-on advanced level training on Mercedes-Benz cars and equipment (1
month). The successful candidates will be awarded an ITI trade certificate along with a
joint Advanced Training certificate issued by Don Bosco and Mercedes-Benz India.
Trainers are trained at Mercedes-Benz India, Cellete training facility Coimbatore and
also at select Mercedes-Benz dealerships.

Don Bosco is a reputed and registered charitable institution having a pan India
presence. Don Bosco Private ITI in Chinchwad is a benchmark in private ITIs, offering
courses for short term and long term in Vocational Education and Training (VET)
programme, Welders, Fitters, Motor Vehicle Mechanic, Electrician, Refrigeration & Air-
Conditioning and Mechanical Draftsmen etc.