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Canon India's newly enhanced Apprenticeship Training Programme to equip engineering graduates with essential skills

Canon India's newly enhanced Apprenticeship Training Programme to equip engineering graduates with essential skills

Over the course of one year, trainees will gain knowledge and experience in key areas such as Kaizen, product principles, customer service techniques, and communication skills.

As part of efforts to advance skill development and better equip youth, Canon India has announced the enhancement of its Apprenticeship Training Programme via a collaboration with the Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing (JIM).

Launched in 2015 as part of the Skill India initiative, Canon India’s Apprenticeship Programme annually onboards 30 to 35 apprentices across various locations in India.

The refreshed Apprenticeship Training Programme with JIM offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to equip engineering graduates and diploma holders with essential skills. It provides a more structured framework, facilitating standardised training at the Canon Technical Excellence Centre and thereby enabling increased opportunities for in-person collaboration and allows apprentices to learn the Japanese methods of service orientation more effectively.

Further details on the programme

The curriculum will run for a year, catering to both engineering graduates and diploma holders, and is open to participants who have completed their degrees or diplomas in the past three years – including the current year.

It covers three structured phases:

  • First, with an induction phase that emphasises elementary learnings such as soft skills and system skills. This will then progress to on-the-job training that combines product skills with service practice, and eventually culminating in advanced training focused on product maintenance through final assessments.
  • Over the course of one year, trainees will gain knowledge and experience in key areas such as Kaizen, 5S, product principles, customer service techniques, and communication skills. The curriculum will also include training on customer service processes, Canon’s products, Japanese philosophies, computer/IT skills covering network basics and software applications, and technical skills for troubleshooting entry and mid-level products. This extensive training comprises four weeks of online learning, four weeks of classroom instruction, and 40 weeks of on-the-job training.
  • Upon successful completion the programme, Canon will maintain a talent pool for potential internal hiring and provide opportunities for apprentices to join service partners across India, ensuring robust career prospects.

Manabu Yamazaki, President & CEO, Canon India, stated: "Talent is a critical contributing factor to the success of an industry, and Canon is committed to empowering the youth of India with relevant and cutting-edge skills."

Recognising the transformative power of education and skill development, Manabu further affirmed that the programme aims to equip young engineers with the latest technical expertise while also instilling in them the values of innovation and excellence.

"Through our partnership with the Japan-India Institute of Manufacturing, we are striving to nurture future experts who will drive progress in the service and manufacturing sectors. The programme, designed by experts in the business, reflects our commitment to bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application, ultimately contributing to the growth of India."

Shikha Rai, Senior Vice President of HR & IT, Canon India, added: "For the young technical workforce joining us under the programme; we ensure that they develop into confident and competent professionals with a good foundation of organisational culture, product knowledge, customer handling skills and hands-on servicing skills.

"The Apprenticeship Programme not only makes them job-ready but also aims towards their holistic development by instilling Canon's corporate values like the San-ji Spirit of ‘Three Self’s’—self-motivation, self-management, and self-awareness and Japanese business practices like punctuality, Kaizen, Horenso, 5S, PDCA etc. This initiative underscores our commitment to nurturing talent and creating future leaders."


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