Independent mechanics from the unorganised sector also lead a challenging life to earn their living. Many are school drop-outs who start their career as apprentices with no formal technical training. With the rapidly changing automotive technologies, continued technical upskilling would go a long way in making them future-ready.
Additionally skills such as entrepreneurship, business management, customer service and financial literacy will enable them to earn a sustainable livelihood and live a life with pride.
Castrol Eklavya programme was introduced in 2009 with an aim to up skill these independent roadside mechanics and in doing so, keep them relevant in an industry where technology is changing very rapidly. The project gained momentum in 2014 when it was re-launched as a more comprehensive and intensive program to include practical training, life skills, business skills and financial literacy.
Keeping in line with the government’s mission of “Skill India”, this program provides a comprehensive, structured approach to imparting knowledge-based skills to two-wheeler technicians.
Since 2009, Eklavya has touched the lives of close to two lakh beneficiaries.