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Forget karate -- Maruti Suzuki hones worker skills at 'dojos'

Indian automaker plans to install training facilities at 400 suppliers

Maruti Suzuki has opened over 90 of its Dojo training centers at suppliers since starting the program more than a year ago. 

MUMBAI -- India's biggest automaker Maruti Suzuki plans to open "dojos" at over 400 suppliers by 2020 that will train workers in the fine art of manufacturing quality vehicle components.

Maruti Suzuki launched its so-called dojo program during the fiscal year ended March 2017 and now oversees over 90 such training centers, according to Thursday's announcement. The facilities, which replicate the working conditions of a shop floor, will be located mainly at tier-1 suppliers.

Prospective workers will learn about safety protocols, product quality management and the manufacturing process. After training for up to two weeks and passing a qualification exam, candidates can start working at manufacturing plants. The dojos will also help existing workers improve their skills.

The company will dispatch managers well-versed in production and quality management to the dojos during their initial start-up phases. The training regimen will be tailored to each supplier.

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