CHENNAI: Yamaha Motors launched its first school in the city at Don Bosco Technical Campus on Wednesday. The school, which is Yamaha’s first centre in Tamil Nadu, will provide skills training and placement of underprivileged youth.
Inaugurating the school, Masaki Asano, managing director, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt Ltd., said that Yamaha would inaugurate 14 more centres across India before December 2015. “This training school will offer training for underprivileged young men and women. Lack of technical skills is the reason why most youngsters are unemployed in India. This kind of centre will help those who cannot afford such training,” he said.
The company signed an MoU with Don Bosco Technical Campus, Chennai in 2014 to develop a synergetic partnership that would help deserving students find employment in the automobile sector. The partnership involved Yamaha imparting technical training and education to youngsters.
Ravindranath Sigh, vice-president of strategies and planning, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt Ltd., said this was the fifth centre in India, in collaboration with Don Bosco. Each batch includes 30 students, he said. There are four levels of certificate courses — entry, bronze, silver and gold — with a duration of one year each. The entry level course trains them to fit in a helper’s post and the gold level, for a supervisor’s job. Ravindranath added that Yamaha would partner with NGOs across India to launch Yamaha Training Schools with Yamaha Technical Academy Certification. Youngsters who undergo the training and master Yamaha technology would be employed in company dealerships, he said.