: Auto components major BoschLtd today said skilling programs it developed toaddress demands of India's manufacturing and serviceindustry has reached a combined beneficiary strength of 11,000over the years. The program intended at the manufacturing industrycomes from a more long-term, 'hard-skills' developmentperspective, while for the service industry it is moreshort-term, 'soft-skills' oriented, company officialssaid. "We offer training programs at a scale that outweighs our own professional-cum-industrial requirement. With acombined beneficiary strength of over 11,000 across bothprograms, Bosch Limited's skilling initiatives are wellattuned to the needs of the industry," MD Bosch Limited andPresident Bosch Group India Soumitra Bhattacharya told reporters here. He said "Bosh is committed to skilling well before our honourable Prime Minister started Skill India. We will continue doing it because we believe in this company that- we have to give back to our nation.
We do it not just for us; we do it for society." The Company's vocational training program imparted (long term program) at the Bosch Vocational Center. As ofDecember 2016, around 3,500 individuals passed out, with around 25 per cent finding employment outside of India,officials said. Over four years, 7,500 youth graduated from BRIDGE (Bosch's Response to India's Development and Growththrough Employability Enhancement) program, a short-term,'soft-skills' model targeted at employing the youth in theservice industry, they said, adding thatthe primary focus ofthis initiative is to help school dropout youth. Also over the past two years the company has developed a new training program that focuses on producing high quality skilled artisans, such as carpentry and electrician, officialssaid. Apart from developing a "world-class" curriculum, ithas two state-of-the-art training facilities--in Bengaluru focused on carpentry, and in Nashik --focused on electrician, they added. On scaling the program, Bhattacharya said "the long duration vocational trainingprogram will have a limited intake; while short-term joboriented program we plan to go to 10,000 from current 7,500and program for artisans is also part of it, for which we arelooking for partners.