The Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing (JIM) is the outcome of India’s and Japan’s commitment towards the ‘Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme’. Through JIM and another project titled ‘Japan Endowed Courses (JEC), 30,000 candidates will be skilled in the next 10 years.

JIM is aimed at developing Japanese standard shopfloor leaders by training workers on Japanese manufacturing like 5S, kaizen and jidoka, among others, apart from core domain skills like welding, machining, and assembly.

Flag Off of the First Batch with Sandeep Singh, MD, Tata HitachiFlag Off of the First Batch with Sandeep Singh, MD, Tata Hitachi seated (6th from left)

Indian subsidiaries of Japanese companies train people in their own institutes or enrol a partner for imparting the training. Accreditation for JIM is provided to the Japanese parent company by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan. On December 1, 2017, METI accredited HCM (Hitachi Construction Machinery) to run the JIM programme in India. This is the 5th such JIM in India after Toyota, Maruti Suzuki, Yamaha and Daikin.

The certificate handover ceremony for the first and second batches of the Tata Hitachi Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing (JIM) was held at Tata Hitachi’s plant at Dharwad. A total of 54 trainees from both the batches were awarded certificates. The three-year programme for the first batch commenced in 2017 and concluded in 2020. However, the ceremony, which was held up due to the pandemic, was held along with the second batch.

The trainees underwent both classroom and practical training at Tata-Hitachi’s Skill Training Centre and On-the-Job training (OJT) at its shopfloor on welding, machining, assembly, and painting. The trainees were coached on various aspects of Japanese manufacturing. The foundation of this process was a Train-the-Trainer programme conducted at Dharwad by the Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS), Japan. Multi-Disciplinary Training Academy (MPTA) is on board as training partner for the programme.

Sandeep Singh, Managing Director, Tata Hitachi
Sandeep Singh, Managing Director, Tata Hitachi, said, “This programme is a demonstration of the commitment towards bilateral cooperation in manufacturing that was articulated by the governments of India and Japan. The intent is to create a proficient and capable workforce that will hit the ground running to be productively involved in the process of nation building.”
 
S. Sasano, Alternate Director, Tata Hitachi
S. Sasano, Alternate Director, Tata Hitachi, said, “This programme is an example of the bilateral cooperation between our two countries towards growth and prosperity. In this endeavour, Japan is fully committed to impart all the knowledge which is at its disposal. This cooperation will go a long way in transforming society by skilling its people and making them productive.”
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