Training of operators in India

The Volvo Group partners with the GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMRVF), a non-profit organization, to address the growing demand for skilled operators in India’s booming construction equipment industry and make underprivileged youth employable. Together they offer a three-month operator training course.

The course provides basic and advanced technical training on Volvo excavators to youth. The curriculum includes training in operational efficiency, safety and maintenance, but also soft skills training such as speaking and writing in English and computer usage. Most of the training takes place in GMRVF’s vocational training center in Shamshabab, except for one week of intense training at the Volvo Construction Equipment customer center in Bangalore.

The course also includes soft skills training such as speaking and writing in English and computer usage.

Volvo facilitates the training, providing course material, curriculum design and appropriate equipment. It also helps with placements through its dealer and customer network after the training is completed.

In December 2012 the first class from the joint training program graduated with a second class following shortly thereafter. Despite popular demand for the course, Volvo and GMRVF intend to keep the class sizes small, to maintain the quality of training. The next step will be to start the training at multiple centers across India to help improve skilled operator availability across the country.