Pune: Shell Lubricants, the global market share leader in finished lubricants in collaboration with Tata Motors, announced the winner of The Tata Techfest International Technician Championship 2015. Conceptualized in 2012, with support from Shell Lubricants, Tata Global Techfest is a technical skill assessment program for Tata Motors technicians. It integrates well with the larger skill enhancement agenda driven by TATA Motors. This involves Shell and Tata Motors gauging the technical competency of the contesting technicians. A collaborative effort that has gained momentum over the years in India, was made to a global contest in 2014, inviting participation from technicians across the globe.
This year’s edition of the Tata Global Tech Fest attracted 7500 technicians from across 24 countries namely India, Australia, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Indonesia amongst others to participate in a six stage model which starts at the workshop level & culminating at the international level. 10 technicians from India and 15 from abroad made it to the grand finale. The top 5 winners were felicitated with cash prizes amounting to USD 6500.
Speaking on the occasion, Nitin Prasad, Managing Director, Shell Lubricants India said, “At Shell Lubricants India, our focus has always been to provide our valuable patrons with solutions that help improve performance, productivity and profits and drive customer satisfaction. We work closely with our OEM partners for constant skill development. Quality of service is a shared aim that Tata Motors and Shell Lubricants strive towards. With the Tata Global Techfest, we took up the challenge to employ our expertise in collaboration with Tata Motors to provide training and development and test the competency of technicians. We have witnessed unprecedented results and we intend putting in sustained efforts, to continue to develop a pool of skilled technical workforce in the country in the coming years.”
“Today, vehicles are becoming more sophisticated and besides the mechanical know-how, knowledge of electrical and electronics are gaining importance. With more than 27000 technicians providing services across the globe, it is imperative that a technician should be trained in all aspects so as to be enabled to provide quality service; thereby increasing uptime for our customers. Large scale platforms such as the Tata Global Techfest help motivate the technicians, to not only win at the Tata Techfest, but also at other international prestigious contests, said”, Mr. Gavin Laidlaw, General Manager for Asia, OEM, Shell.
Commenting on the role of Shell Lubricants India in the event, Mr. Sanjeev Garg, VP & Global Head Customer Care-CVBU, Tata Motors said, “Our endeavor is to keep our mechanics updated about the technological advancements in vehicles to increase vehicle uptime and reliability. Global TechFest, being a part of it, helps mechanics to improve their skills and keeps them motivated. We are pleased to have M/S Shell Lubricants as our partner in this industry first event on such grand scale. This program is acting as a platform for mechanics to showcase their skills at global level and has helped us to reach mechanics community across the globe to understand their requirements on technical skills.
On the occasion, Mr. Gajendra Chandel, Chief Human Resource Officer, TATA Motors, said, “Skill being an important parameter in development of an individual, has to be nurtured to develop an individual and associated business. Innovative programs like Global Techfest increase the awareness about importance of skills and their effect on the wellbeing of individuals.
Sharing his experience and views, the winner Senthil Kumar, From ABT Industries, Erode, said, “I am grateful to Tata Motors and Shell Lubricants for this award. I have been a technician for several years but participating in this initiative I have come to truly realize my potential and evolve as a better individual. In India, there are very few platforms that look at delivering quality skill led education to the mechanic workforce and I feel fortunate to have been a part of the Tata Techfest. It has been a learning experience indeed and I intend to share this knowledge with others as well. ”
The awards ceremony which saw presence of senior delegates from Tata Motors and Shell Lubricants ended on a high with a gala dinner and a musical performance by Sivamani & trio.
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