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Construction : Training | May 2016 | Source : Equipment India

We will be setting up a new training facility in Chennai

- F N Bharucha, Head - Training, Godrej Material Handling

What motivated Godrej to start its own training facility? Is this facility common to all aspirants or restricted to Godrej and its customers?
Godrej through its Material Handling Division has been the pioneer in manufacturing forklift trucks in India. There was always a paucity of trained operators, as most persons learnt how to operate a forklift ´on-the-job´. This resulted in a high incidence of accidents leading to loss of property, severe injuries and at times even fatalities.

Godrej as a responsible OEM, decided to address this gap and started its own training facility for lift truck operators.

The facility is utilised to train all those aspiring to become forklift operators through Godrej's CSR activities. Training is open to all and not restricted to just the company and its customers.

What type/s of training do you impart to your students and what are the facilities you provide for the same? What are the various trades in which you educate your students?
The training programmes conducted by Godrej are tailored to suit a variety of aspirants such as:
Candidates desirous to take up employment as forklift operators
Candidates desirous of becoming warehouse equipment operators
Candidates who wish to work as technicians (repair and maintenance of equipment)

Godrej has developed a fully-equipped training centre at its factory in Vikhroli, Mumbai, where candidates learn to operate different types of lift trucks. The facility consists of a racking system along with loads, pallets etc., so that the candidates get real time experience of operating the lift truck in a warehouse.

Candidates are provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) comprising safety shoes, helmet, fluorescent safety vest etc., during training.
Training is imparted in two trades: Operator and Technician.

How do you search and organise the participants for your training programmes? What are the eligibility criteria for selecting them? Do you offer any incentives?
For programmes which come under Godrej´s CSR activities, candidates are mobilised through distribution of leaflets, working with community leaders in different areas, through the company's own website etc. Word-of-mouth publicity has also been effective in mobilising candidates.

Eligibility criteria:
Minimum 8th Standard pass
Should possess a minimum Light Motor Vehicle driving licence
Should be under 35 years of age

How do you evaluate the effectiveness of the training provided by you?
For candidates who undergo training under the NSDC schemes, assessment is carried out by an external agency. The candidates are made to undergo rigorous tests +¦ both classroom as well as practical tests.

Candidates trained by Godrej have found employment in various industries, including in Godrej's own plants. Their performance has been found to be highly satisfactory. Candidates have also found employment abroad as forklift operators.

Do you certify the performance of the participants? What is the acceptability and recognition of your certificates by the industry?
Godrej issues a certificate to the candidates at the end of the training programme. These certificates are accepted by the industry. However, candidates who undergo training under the NSDC scheme are issued a certificate by the NSDC which is accepted as a statutory body.

Is there any system to assist the students in getting employment after finishing their training course?
Godrej uploads the details of all candidates who complete the training programme successfully on its portal which can be accessed by dealers, hirers, service providers, etc. Further, as and whenever there are vacancies for forklift operators in Godrej, candidates are selected from this pool.

What are your expansion plans?
Godrej has assisted in setting up similar training facilities at Bhubaneswar (East) and Pune (West) along with their CSR partners. We will be setting up another training facility at our branch in Chennai (South) in 2016.

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