• First batch of 32 students inducted; will undergo a 12-month training program
  • Promotes government’s ‘Skill India’ initiative

Coimbatore, India, August 16, 2019 – Boeing [NYSE: BA], Lakshmi Machine Works Limited and Learning Links Foundation today announced the launch of the Aerospace Tool Design and Manufacturing Program to train students on technical skills required to work in the aerospace tool manufacturing sector. This first-of-its-kind program, launched in Tamil Nadu’s defence corridor, aims to further strengthen the aerospace ecosystem in the country and is in line with the Government of India’s national initiative ‘Skill India.’

The program was launched in the presence of M.C. Sampath, Minister for Industries, Government of Tamil Nadu; S.P.Velumani, Minister for Municipal Administration, Rural Development and Implementation of Special Programme, Government of Tamil Nadu; N. Muruganandam, IAS, Principal Secretary to Government, Industries Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, K.Rajamani, IAS, District Collector, Coimbatore District and senior leadership of Boeing India and Lakshmi Machine Works Limited.

Boeing is committed to addressing the growing need for industrial training and skills development in India’s aerospace sector and fully supports the Indian government’s efforts to promote Skill India,” said Salil Gupte, president, Boeing India.  “We are proud to partner with Lakshmi Machine Works Limited and the Learning Links Foundation as we continue to invest in specialized training programs that enhance employability and bridge the skills gap in the aerospace sector.”

“The program is aimed at providing quality technical education and developing skilled manpower. We will continue to support in such programs to ensure that our skilled workforce is able to deliver high quality products for the aerospace industry in the country and the region,” said Sanjay Jayavarthanavelu, Chairman & MD, Lakshmi Machine Works Limited.

The first batch of 32 trainees will undergo a comprehensive 12-month program that will include six months of classroom training at GKD Institute for Technological Resources (GKDITR) and on-the-job training at LMW Advanced Technology Centre. The trainees have completed their diploma from polytechnic colleges across Tamil Nadu and will be receive a stipend through the program.

The program curriculum, designed by Learning Links Foundation, will include classroom sessions, hands-on training, and lecture sessions by industry experts.

Boeing has been supporting the growth of the Indian aerospace sector by addressing the critical and growing need to skill frontline workers for the aerospace manufacturing sector. It has collaborated with the Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF) to provide vocational training to Indian students and industry. Boeing-funded curriculum and initiatives have been launched along with relevant aerospace partners such as Rossell Techsys, Tata Advanced Materials Limited (TAML) and Jaivel Aerospace. Boeing, in partnership with Air India Engineering Services Limited and the Ministry of Civil Aviation has also launched of an Accelerated Apprenticeship Program for aircraft maintenance engineers (AME).