Layam succeeds in meeting the skill gap challenge in the Indian Automotive Industry
Bhubaneswar, 06/07/2017 ( Odisha Samachar ) - Staffing is a critical function of growth and many a time companies,
while saving costs in manpower, invariably compromise on quality, productivity and efficiency. At present, there are millions of unskilled, semi-skilled and diploma holders who are jobless. If India is to become a strong global manufacturing hub, sustainability on the HR front is a given. Paucity of skilled manpower is what G S Ramesh, a
HR professional with over three decades of experience, got interested in first, later on helping automakers in India meet their rising HR needs. He foresaw the acute problem of shortage of skilled manpower and the dire need to acquire talent.
In 2007, he turned entrepreneur and set up the Layam Group, a staffing, recruitment and training company based in Chennai, to skill people across the automotive value chain. In fact, the company's mission is 'to increase stakeholders' value by delivering integrated sustainable management solutions that help them achieve their goals.
Unlike other players in the market, Layam is the first and the largest staffing company dedicated to the automotive sector
Revolutionizing Staffing Process- The Layam Way!
Layam has pioneered a training model wherein they select students from various parts of the country and bring them into their fold. The uniqueness of their training model lies in the fact that all the candidates are either college drop outs or diploma holders with poor academic record. Since big companies won't employ these youngsters straightaway due to low skills and qualifications, Layamprovides them two years of intensive training to make them industry-ready and enable them to get hired.
The company hires people with ITI diploma and engineering degrees and trains them. Depending upon their behaviour pattern, strengths and their interests, candidates are provided with training in suitable
skills. The company also gets freshers and offers them induction programs focusing on safety, culture, code of conduct, body language, communication and risks and hazards in manufacturing plants. After completion of training, these candidates are deputed for on-the-job
training at company sites.
While acquiring new manpower and talent, the unstinting focus is on ethics, integrity, trust and performance. After recruiting people, the Layam Group keeps them on its payroll on a contracted basis and actively networks to help them join the automotive industry. The company collaborates with several leading engineering colleges in
the country, also offering feedback to ensure students are trained in specific areas to enhance their skills and employability.
Layam Group has, over the past nine years, skilled and trained over 10,000 people in the automotive industry. They range from the junior-most level through to senior management in a number of automakers including Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Ford India, GM India, Hyundai Motor India, Eicher Motors, Nissan India, Ashok Leyland,
Scania, Daimler India CV, Mahindra & Mahindra, MRF and Yazaki among others.
Layam has successfully executed projects like training over 14,000 staffers from Bharat Petroleum across Indian, nearly 3,000 people from Amara Raja Batteries and 11,000 from the Muthut Group. Today, Layam Group not just recruits diploma holders for the shop floor but also for those in the R&D, sales, purchase, HR, finance and outsourcing functions.