Volkswagen signs agreement with SSOU with aim of creating skilled workforce

The Pune-based German automaker, Volkswagen has forged alliance with Symbiosis Skills and Open University (SSOU). As per the Memorandum of Understanding, the car manufacturer will gift a Vento car to the students of the University, which would be used in its lab for educating students enrolled in the automobile stream. The MoU was signed in Pune with the presence of Dr. Andreas Lauermann, President and Managing Director of Volkswagen India Private Limited and Dr. Swati Majumdar, Pro-Chancellor, SSOU, according to India Education Diary report.

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The German automaker had set up the Volkswagen Academy with the aim of creating a skilled workforce in the vivid arenas of manufacturing. What is more, the Academy is working towards creating highly employable workforce through various schemes that it runs within the factory premises in Pune and through various partnerships it has with different educational institutions.

The SSOU is the first skill development in Maharashtra to offer different courses in the skill development sector. The skill gap is a reality for companies across sectors in India and it is all the more prevalent in the manufacturing sector. It is to address this gap that Volkswagen India Academy takes a step forward by handing over the modern Vento to SSOU for its students to have hands-on learning. The Vento will be used to impart training and understanding of car technicalities like electrical systems, vehicle dynamics, safety engineering, the strength of the material and more, the report pointed out.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Andreas Lauermann, President and MD, Volkswagen India Private Limited said, “We are glad to associate again with the Symbiosis family. In order to take the next step towards becoming a global hub for the automobile sector, India needs to acknowledge this skill gap issue and take collective measures by involving all relevant stakeholders. As corporates, we are more attuned to the changing market dynamics and have therefore taken this initiative to do our bit to ensure India’s young are prepared with the right set of skills to face new challenges in the auto industry. I hope that they directly benefit from this hands-on learning.”


The gifted car is branded as Think Blue. Factory. colors – a programme that is concerned with efficiency improvements in production and the expansion of environmentally aware energy supplies addressing all employees at the production facilities of Volkswagen worldwide. As a part of the Think Blue. Factory program, Volkswagen Pune plant had already applied several eco-friendly processes and had achieved more than 30% reduction by end of 2017. The target of the plant is to achieve 45% reduction in the impact on the environment due to manufacturing processes by 2025, noted the report.

Dr. Swati Majumdar, Pro-Chancellor, Symbiosis Skills, and Open University said, “We are pleased to associate with Volkswagen again. Through this association with Volkswagen India, the students will get an opportunity to learn and get further knowledge of the automotive industry. We would like to thank the Volkswagen team for giving us and the students at SSOU an opportunity to be associated with the Volkswagen Academy. We look forward to such academic-industry partnerships.”

Mutual Benefit

Volkswagen Academy and SSOU had collaborated earlier this year to create a unique module for Volkswagen workmen who have been promoted as front level supervisors with the aim to mould them into future team leaders. The focus of the module will revolve around bridging the gap between formal diploma education and actual competency possessing of the participants by developing business communication skills, better in-depth understanding of organizational and manufacturing systems etc. This MoU is a further development to the earlier collaboration. The company wishes to strengthen their commitment towards the Skilling India program progressively going forward, added the report.

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