Shriram Transport Finance partners with Skill India

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Monday, January 17, 2022, 01:15 PM IST
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Umesh Revankar, VC & MD, Shriram Transport Finance Company said since the start of the CSR program, over 10,000 candidates have been trained to drive heavy and light motor vehicle. | Shriram Transport Finance Company

Shriram Transport Finance Company (STFC) has partnered with Skill India to train 1000 drivers to ensure seamless and accident free transportation of oxygen tankers. With an objective to streamline Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) Tankers supply chain amidst the pandemic, Shriram Transport Finance has launched a CSR initiative- Shriram Seva Sankalp LMO Driver Training. The campaign aims to upskill 1000 experienced Heavy & Medium Vehicle drivers to carefully handle & transport Cryogenic LMO Tankers.

What will the training entail?

The holistic Cryogenic Medical Oxygen Tanker Driver Training Program will offer the trainees a deep-dive into the theory, hands-on practice on simulator, handling of Hazardous cargo tanker and in-plant LMO loading and unloading along with all other safety precautions to be taken. This will help in creating a pool of skilled drivers to transport cryogenic medical oxygen tankers owing to its growing significance in medical management of COVID-19 across hospitals. Post-the successful completion of the training program, the drivers will be awarded with a certification by Logistics Skill Council, according to a press statement.

Skill India is an initiative launched by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in 2015 with an aim to train Indians in different industry-related jobs. The Ministry is responsible for co-ordination of all Skill Development efforts across the country, removal of disconnect between demand and supply of skilled manpower, and building the vocational and technical training framework.

Oxygen shortage along with shortage of drivers with capabilities to handle oxygen tankers were a major concern in the second wave of the pandemic in 2021. Therefore, to combat these challenges better in the current wave, STFC through its partner, DB Skills is working in collaboration with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to upskill drivers.

While over 500 drivers have successfully completed their training in January 2022, the company aims to certify the remaining 500 drivers by March 2022. The shortlisting of experienced heavy motor vehicles (HMV) drivers to enroll for the capacity building training program was conducted at the approved Training Centers funded by Shriram Transport Finance Company Ltd. at multiple locations including Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

Umesh Revankar, VC & MD, Shriram Transport Finance Company said, “Drivers have always been an integral part of the Shriram Ecosystem. Thus upskilling drivers and enabling them to be in tandem with the rising needs of the society is a cause that is close to our heart. Since the start of our CSR training program, over 10,000 candidates have been trained to drive heavy and light motor vehicle with ease.”

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