New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): WRI India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DSEU) and Hero Electric Vehicles Ltd on 15th September 2022 in New Delhi. This MoU will help drive the creation of green and ensure the necessary skilling for Delhi’s workforce.
The Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DSEU) will design an integrated course for training its ‘Diploma in Automobile Engineering program students to become ‘Electric Vehicle mechanics.’ Through its rich industry experience, Hero Electric will support DSEU in designing the study material as well as provide practical training and internship opportunities to the program students. As the knowledge partner, WRI India will provide the required research, monitoring, and evaluation support to the program.
“The EV mechanics training program is the first of a series of short and long-term courses to be launched by the Delhi Government to become the training hub of the EV workforce in India. The program has laid the foundation for the creation of thousands of green jobs in Delhi. The collaboration formalized today is a result of 8 months of intensive research and due diligence of the EV ecosystem by DDC Delhi and WRI India. The research analysis identified the lack of highly skilled EV mechanics as a potential skill gap as the ecosystem grows in Delhi with a requirement of around 500 new mechanics every year. Making automotive job aspirants future-ready skilled in EV technology will help optimize employment opportunities so that Delhi’s transition to electric mobility does not adversely impact the employment generation in the automobile and transport sectors,” said Jasmine Shah, Vice Chairperson, DDC Delhi.
“The tripartite agreement signed today is a result of the Delhi Government’s approach of forging partnerships among policymakers, academia, and industry to fill the existing and upcoming gaps in skill training in areas of emerging technologies. EV mechanics training program will be informed by evidence-based automotive best practices globally and is another step by DSEU to create adaptive skilling and education programs to enable access to aspirational jobs. The industry should also ensure they pay the skilled workforce a premium so that it can create a win-win situation for the youth and the industry,” commented Prof. Neharika Vohra, Vice Chancellor, DSEU.
“Delhi Government’s initiative to ensure skilling for electric vehicle maintenance will not just create new job opportunities by making skilled mechanics available but also increase the confidence of EV buyers. WRI India is more than happy to support Delhi’s transition to e-mobility to make it more accessible,” said Madhav Pai, Executive Director, WRI India Ross Center.