Living diversity for future success
2016 was a milestone year for the Freudenberg Training Centre in India. Already renowned as one of the leading privately-run training centers in the region of Nagapattinam, the Freudenberg Training Center not only recently added the profession of electrician to its existing apprenticeships in welding, fitting, machining and motor mechanics, it also took on several female teachers and students. We spoke to three of them about their motivation for joining the Freudenberg Training Center, about their experiences so far and we also listened to them talking about their hopes and aims for the future.
Preeti – 1st year electrician
Nivedha – 1st year welder
Why did you choose the Freudenberg Training Center?
Preeti: It was my father who encouraged me to take a look at the Freudenberg Training Center. The courses had been promoted in my village. What really appealed to me was the practical training on offer – I think it will be of great benefit in the future.
Nivedha: A previous student recommended the Center to me. I took a look at the curriculum. The vocational nature of the courses will help me in my future career or even enable me to run my own business!
Why did you choose a specific course?
Preeti: I chose the electrician course because I understand that this particular trade is highly-valued and respected. It also complements my pre-university studies in accountancy and commerce.
Nivedha: Welding was an attractive option for me. Although positions in this trade are mostly filled by men, I am confident we can change that here in India.
What are your hopes and aims for the future?
Preeti: I am very clear and objective about where I want to go. When I graduate from the Freudenberg Training Center, I hope to take up a Government job and build on the skills I have learnt here.
Nivedha: I would like to keep my options open. Generally, there are a lot of Government jobs, welding workshop jobs and other positions available. The practical and theoretical skills I acquire at the Training Center will stand me in good stead for many different career possibilities.
Renuka was one of the first female teachers to join the Freudenberg Training Center. She teaches maths for all courses.
How long have you been working as a teacher?
Renuka: It has been nine months since I took up this role. I was studying engineering and was referred by my Head of Department to the Freudenberg Training Center. Prior to joining, I had experience of working in several other institutes.
Tell us about your experience here.
I enjoy teaching math. The culture at the Freudenberg Training Center is more open than at other institutes. And I especially like the fact that practical training forms a very big part of the curriculum.
Will this position benefit your career in the future?
It certainly will. I teach in English as well as in the local regional language of Tamil. Being at the Freudenberg Training Center provides teachers and students alike with an excellent opportunity to learn and get ahead in life.
We have significantly scaled-up our training capability over the years. A healthy diversity mix was on the cards, and we are happy that the batch has joined this year
Regional Representative India