Sunil Arora, Secretary – Department of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India recently visited the JCB factory in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
JCB India Ltd inaugurated its newest facility at Jaipur in November last year. Built on 115 acres of land, just 35 km from Jaipur city, the site is home to the company’s single largest manufacturing footprint in India.
Component manufacturing is already underway at the new plant and production of telescopic handlers and skid steer loaders for the Indian market will begin later this year or early part of next year. The facility will also provide additional backhoe loader capacity in times to come.
During his visit, Arora met and interacted with the JCB management and staff who have benefitted from the company’s skilling and training initiatives and are now working in the world class facility at Jaipur. The company has committed to investing in training programmes to make candidates employable by imparting them with the right skill sets. JCB Jaipur also runs a world-class welding training school which implements a detailed 16-week induction programme to train fresh graduates.
“JCB India Ltd has been pioneering the concept of imparting skills and has proved that with the correct Industry-academia interface we can provide the necessary employability to today’s youth,” said Arora, emphasising the importance of the collaborative role that corporates can play in skilling.
He also stressed on the need to scale up current skilling initiatives with utmost attention on quality outcome.
When operating at full capacity, the JCB factory at Jaipur will employ around 1,000 people with a large part of the manpower recruited locally from nearby government polytechnics and ITIs as well as private polytechnics.
As part of the skilling initiatives, JCB also has Operator Training Centres that provide training to youth on how to operate JCB machines safely and productively. The 14 centres across India have successfully trained over 22,000 youth till date.
JCB India Ltd, Ballabgarh, Haryana, is a fully-owned subsidiary of JC Bamford Excavators Ltd, UK, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of earthmoving and construction equipment. JCB has 11 factories in the UK, five in India (including the two new factories in Jaipur) and other factories in Brazil, China and North America.
JCB India manufactures 25 different machines in seven product lines such as backhoe loaders, wheeled loading shovels, tracked excavators, vibratory compactors, telehandlers, skid steer loaders and pick and carry cranes.