Volvo concludes the 5th edition of its annual driver and technician training competition – Key Indian Technical Excellence Competition (KITEC). After a series of regional chapters, with participation from over 960 teams across the country, Team Eagle Eye – VSPC Ramagundam & Kothagudem (Trucks) and Team Iron Knight – Vista Driveline Motors Pvt Ltd (Buses) were awarded the champion at the KITEC finals held in Bengaluru. With every passing edition, the participation from the Network has increased by 18%, skilling more than 90% of the Volvo Trucks and Bus Aftermarket force.
Volvo Trucks, a global leader in sustainable transport solution, recently concluded the 5th edition of the Key Indian Technical Excellence Competition (KITEC). With customer centricity being a core value, the competition focuses on imparting training and skills development to drivers and technicians thereby ensuring delivery of competent aftermarket professionals. Over the last 5 years, KITEC has evolved as a powerful tool and a proven platform for competence development of Volvo’ network workforce. The KITEC competition is to help the technicians develop and improve their knowledge, skills, and ability to work as a team. The preliminary rounds kicked off in the month of March 2017, and the finals were held on 20th July, 2017 that started with two parts of theoretical questions, which teams complete in their workshops. After these two parts, the best performing teams is awarded the KITEC 2017 champion. This year, the competition saw participation from over 285 teams (1146 participants) in the regional rounds, from which 16 finalists competed over a 3-day competition held at the Customer Development Centre (CDC) located in the Hosakote facility in Bengaluru. KITEC is a battle of wits, skills and teamwork as they compete in one of the toughest and most gruelling tech competitions in the commercial vehicles segment in the country.
As a company that sets industry benchmarks in the truck and bus aftermarket landscape of the industry, the winners were also awarded on that basis.
At the finale, all winners were lauded for their dazzling performance.
- Winner : Team Eagle Eye – Volvo Service & Parts Centre, Ramagundam & Kothagudem
- 1st Runner up : Team Volvo Buddies – Volvo Service & Parts Centre, Bhiwandi
- 2nd Runner up : Team Armed InvaderZ – Volvo Service & Parts Centre, Singrauli
- Winner : Team Iron Knight – Vista Driveline Motors Pvt Ltd, Chennai & Cochin
- 1st Runner up : Team Trishul – Sree Harsha Automobiles Services Pvt Ltd, South
- 2nd Runner up : Team Mechanical Maestros – Sree Harsha Automobiles Services Pvt Ltd, South
Speaking on the momentous occasion, Mr. Dinakar B, Senior Vice President – Sales Marketing & Aftermarket, Volvo Trucks India remarks, “I would like to congratulate the winners and participants of KITEC. KITEC is testimony of Volvo Trucks India’s extensive efforts to provide well trained technicians and drivers to our customers so as to ensure faster and accurate service. I am delighted to see that with every passing edition, there in increased participation. We are committed to our customers and aim to consistently improve the quality of manpower in India to ensure they are at par with global aftermarket workforce.”
He also added “We at Volvo Trucks are firmly committed to the taking the focus of technicians to the next level. With many new players entering the Indian (bus and truck) market, service will be the only differentiator and the key to our success. Our aim is to reach 100 per cent customer satisfaction and I am confident that we will do it soon.”
‘We at Volvo Buses strongly believe that a bus sale is just the start of a rewarding journey with our customers. Ensuring a consistently high standard of maintenance is essential for customers to optimise their investments in our buses. To support this objective, VECV has trained more than 1,000 bus technicians thus far. Pioneering initiatives like KITEC underscore the reach and efficacy of the training programme. We congratulate not just the winning teams but everyone who has enthusiastically participated in the competition,’ stated VRV Sriprasad, Managing Director, Volvo Buses, South Asia.
The Volvo way Some aspects of the Volvo training which make it stand out:
- Flexible courses and a unique training material: on-the-job trainers can modify course delivery and prepare their own presentations according to the market requirements.
- Focus on practical aspects: trainees are made to work on the actual vehicle which gives them hands-on experience and boosts confident.
- Well-structured: trainees are graduated in levels and the training is well-spaced to enable them get inputs, absorb it and make it practically useable.
- Specialised expertise: training is focussed on providing specialised expertise to trainees in specific areas. More training is rendered in areas with higher demand in the market