Mahindra invests in skills development

19 Apr 2021

  • Modern new training facility to facilitate in-person and online training
  • Centre is the next step in local expansion that includes new warehouse, fitment centre, and assembly facility

 April 19, 2021, Centurion. Mahindra South Africa last week officially opened the doors of its new Training Centre in Gauteng.

The new centre is located in Centurion and it more than doubles the available space of its predecessor. It will be used for all internal and dealer training and will also welcome dealers and staff from other countries in the Southern African Development Community.

“With the growth of the Mahindra brand in recent years, we have completely outgrown our previous technical training facility. The new Training Centre will allow us to train more people more often. Ultimately, this renewed focus on training and skills development should reflect in even better customer service on the showroom floor,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.

The new Training Centre takes into consideration the impact of recent lockdowns and thus offers a mix of in-person and online training. The latter is made possible by modern technology that allows Mahindra’s training team to provide classroom and interactive style training to remote learners.

The Training Centre is also equipped with a dedicated workshop and a simulated sales environment that allow attendees to apply their training immediately and be tested on their skills and competence.

With its comprehensive list of training programmes, the Training Centre offers full training certification for all of its technical and inter-personal courses. All courses were developed by Mahindra’s own technical specialists, specifically for South Africa.

The opening coincides with the next round of our global Tekfest technical training competition. Tekfest is Mahindra’s global competition for technical personnel and service advisors. It combines various rounds of online and in-person evaluations to select South Africa’s best technical specialists.

Technicians from all over the country compete in 18 different categories in three different specialist fields – technicians, diagnostic technicians and service advisors. The competition not only tests different levels of competency, but it pits the best of the best against those from other Mahindra countries, with the overall winners competing in the global Mahindra Tekfest competition.

“Our Mahindra technicians can certainly hold their own against their counterparts from other parts of the world. We believe that the new Training Centre will help us maintain this high level of technical competence and at the same time help train the many more sales and technical staff that are joining the Mahindra brand every month,” says Rajesh.

Mahindra last week opened its new national warehouse and parts distribution centre. It follows other new developments, including the Special Fitment Centre in Gauteng, new dealers in rural areas in South Africa and the large vehicle assembly facility in Durban, where it assembles the Pik Up for the local as well as the export market.

“South Africa is the regional hub for Mahindra and the brand’s second home outside of India. We will continue to support all levels of skill development to support the growing demand for Mahindra vehicles and the planned expansion on the continent,” says Rajesh.

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About Mahindra

The Mahindra Group is a USD 19.6 billion federation of companies that enables people to rise through innovative mobility solutions, driving rural prosperity, enhancing urban living, nurturing new businesses and fostering communities. It has a leadership position in utility vehicles, information technology, financial services and vacation ownership in India and is the world’s largest tractor company, by volume. It also enjoys a strong presence in agribusiness, components, commercial vehicles, consulting services, energy, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, steel, aerospace, defence and two wheelers. Headquartered in India, Mahindra employs more than 250 000 people across over 100 countries.

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About Mahindra South Africa

Mahindra South Africa is a fully-owned subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra of India, which was established in 1945. Mahindra SA is celebrating its 16th year of operations in South Africa.

The company has dealers in all nine provinces of South Africa, which are comprehensive facilities that handle sales, service and spare parts. With 67 dealerships, in cities and in towns across Southern Africa, Mahindra has a growing national footprint that is moving ever deeper into communities as the company continues its drive to offer value-for-money products and services to its customers. The company has recently inaugurated its vehicle assembly facility at Durban for its bakkies. Mahindra South Africa also offers a wide range of powerful and fuel-efficient diesel gensets under brand “Powerol” and is also in the Construction Equipment Business with the Mahindra Earthmaster 4X4 TLBs. They have recently entered into the Farm Equipment Business with their Tractors and wide range of Implements.

The company has also expanded into other sub-Saharan countries, currently exporting vehicles to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland and Namibia, besides having presence in Swaziland and Lesotho.

Mahindra South Africa has achieved significant growth in the country since its establishment in October 2004, and since then it has sold over 60 000 vehicles.

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