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Shri. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Hon’ble Minister of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Parliamentary Affairs visited JCB India state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Ballabgarh, Haryana today. During his visit, he met and interacted with the employees that have benefitted from the Skilling and Training initiatives of the company and are now working in JCB’s world class facilities across India. “We are extremely privileged and honored to welcome the Hon’ble Minister, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy to the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at our headquarters at Ballabgarh, near New Delhi. His visit today reiterated the importance of the collaborative role that corporates can play in skilling.” said Mr. Vipin Sondhi, MD & CEO, JCB India Ltd. “JCB has been following the ‘Make in India’ vision for over 35 years and is focused on developing the right skill set in the industry. Products manufactured by these trained employees are exported to over 65 countries today.” Mr. Vipin Sondhi added. JCB is creating employment and entrepreneurship amongst youth through its 14 Operator Training Centres in India. It provides a one month certified course on machine operations and maintenance, which includes both, classroom and practical training on how to operate JCB machines safely and productively. For ITIs and diploma graduates, there is a 16 week detailed induction program at the welding training school at the Jaipur facility. Comprehensive skills developed through these programmes have helped young men and women progress in their careers, especially lady engineers, who now work in the traditionally male dominated areas of manufacturing such as welding and assembly.