Maruti Suzuki manages 6 IDTRs: 2 in NCR and 1 each in Dehradun, Baroda, Rohtak and Bahadurgarh in partnership with state governments to offer learner and refresher courses, including to commercial vehicle drivers. Trainees improve their chances at gainful employment after completing training. IDTRs have trained over 1.3 million people.
MSIL works closely with its dealerships that manage and operate about 320 Maruti Driving Schools (MDS) equipped with driving simulators to offer class-room and practical training. Female trained instructors are employed too and over half of those trained at MDS are women.
Mr Mayank Pareek, Chief Operating Officer (Marketing and Sales), Maruti Suzuki India emphasisses on need for overall high-quality training in safe driving in India, and expressed joy for the 2 million milestone. He reiterates that corporates and all stakeholders have to work together to make India’s roads safe and values support of state governments and dealers in this effort, and looks forward to scale up efforts.
Maruti Suzuki forward to training about 5 lakh people in 2014-15. MSIL’s IDTRs and MDS also offer customized programs for corporate employees, women, police and paramilitary personnel. About 5000 tribal youth in Gujarat, many of them landless workers have found employment or resorted to being entrepreneurs after IDTR residential program training at Baroda, run by Maruti Suzuki in partnership with Gujarat government. Maruti’s Safe Driving initiative, includes “Train the Trainer” program.