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Maruti Suzuki is geared to adopt 13 more industrial training institutes (ITIs) in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab as part of its efforts to impart sector-focussed skills to workers through a public-private partnership model reports the Financial Express.

This will scale up the total number of nationwide ITIs directly adopted by the car market leader to 24, says Maruti. Currently, Maruti is associated with five ITIs in Haryana where its current production facilities are located, apart from others in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Kerala.

Five of these ITIs are based in Gujarat, close to where Maruti and its suppliers hope to have workers trained by the time they complete around Rs. 20,000 crore of investment in a 1,200-acre mega manufacturing facility that will start operations by 2015. It has also tied up with five more in Punjab last week, and three more will be adopted in Himachal Pradesh in the next few weeks.

“We find that while students from ITIs are well trained, there is still a gap between what students know and what industry requires. All our efforts are to bridge this gap and make them readily employable,” said a company official.

Maruti will develop these ITIs by providing modern factory equipment and work with the faculty and administration to improve the employability and job prospects of students. It will offer support in infrastructure improvement, faculty training, exposure to manufacturing facilities, training in Japanese work practices like 5S, kaizen and 3G, while also helping in soft skills like personality development and team work.

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