The Freudenberg Training Centre in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, India, which provides career, skills-oriented vocational training to youth, has celebrated its 10th anniversary on October 24, 2019. The region hit hardest by the tsunami in December 2004. The centre was officially opened in 2009, and so far, over 700 young people have received professional training. Currently, 14 teachers are training 210 young people to be welders, fitters, machinists, mechanics (motor vehicle) and electricians. The long-term aid project is Freudenberg’s largest outside Germany and was launched as a gesture of goodwill and solidarity with Indian tsunami victims.
As part of the celebrations, commemorative booklet released by Dr Tilman Krauch, Member of the Freudenberg Board of Management and Chief Technology Officer, Georg Graf, Regional Representative, Freudenberg Regional Corporate Centre and Trustee Freudenberg Training Centre, Nagapattinam and Roopa Nagaraju. The team at the centre planted 170 trees to mark the Freudenberg Group’s 170-year anniversary and ten of those trees marked Freudenberg Training centre’s 10th anniversary.
The students took part in various sports activities before the anniversary celebrations and awards were given at the ceremony. Students also had their innovative projects displayed at the event. They also performed Yoga.
Dr Krauch said, “The 170 years of Freudenberg is the history of many changing ideas but those that had not changed include its guiding principles that encompass customer prosperity, innovations, responsibilities (in health, safety and environment), compliance (to international labour laws and gender equality), and several CSR activities including E Square – education and environment. Part of the objectives of E square is education for the disfavoured and the Freudenberg Training Centre that is celebrating its tenth anniversary today is part of its commitment.”
Covering an area of 13 acres, the Freudenberg Training Centre has obtained approval from the National Council for Vocational Training which has strict standards and is widely-recognized throughout India.
“Skill development is essential as part of the drive to build on India’s socio-economic infrastructure. Bridging the critical gap between man-power availability and employability is important to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities,” said Georg Graf.