Launching the initiative at the 9th Global Skills Summit at FICCI and supporting Skill India Mission, Uber announced partnerships with Maruti Suzuki and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in support of this vision. These partnerships will support skill development and driver training programmes to create livelihoods with dignity for the unskilled.
NEW DELHI: Skill India in partnership with Uber has announced the UberSHAAN initiative aimed at creating 1 million driver entrepreneurs in India by 2018.
UberSHAAN is aimed at expanding access to economic opportunities across the spectrum. From providing access to skill development and driver training to the unskilled; to helping trained drivers receive commercial licenses; to supporting the entrepreneurial ambitions of licensed drivers through vehicle financing and leasing solutions, UberSHAAN intends to empower 1 million Indians as micro-entrepreneurs on the Uber platform.
As part of the MoU signed with Maruti, the two will conduct a 4 month pilot in Delhi/NCR, Hyderabad and Chennai and organise driver training and on-boarding programmes, which is required to join the Uber platform. On completion of training and receipt of a commercial license, Uber will support the journey of successful candidates by offering vehicle financing and leasing solutions. Based on learnings from the pilot, the partnership will be expanded to other cities across India.
Through its partnership with NSDC, Uber will setup Uber Partner Support Centres in Driver Training Centres affiliated to the Automotive Sector Development Council (ASDC) under NSDC. These centres will facilitate vehicle leasing, financing and digital skills for trained and certified drivers.
Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, shared, “This partnership between NSDC & Uber reinforces my Ministry’s commitment to provide millions of youth access to 21st century market opportunities. Through concerted efforts towards skill development and establishing linkages to entrepreneurship opportunities, we can mobilise the untapped potential of millions of Indians and support them in their journey towards self-reliance.”
Welcoming the partnership, Manish Kumar, CEO, NSDC said, “The market dynamics have changed drastically with the unconventional approach that players like Uber have brought about in our country. It has opened doors for many who were sitting off the fence and did not know how to utilise their skills.”
Amit Jain, President, Uber India said, “Uber is committed to creating more economic opportunities and extends full support to the government’s Skill India and entrepreneurship building initiatives. With UberSHAAN, our plan is to rapidly scale India’s entrepreneurial base and generate 1 million livelihood opportunities on the Uber platform by 2018. Our partnership with the National Skill Development Corporation and Maruti Suzuki will be instrumental in realising our goal by 2018”.
Randhir Singh Kalsi, Executive Director, Maruti Suzuki, said, “We are happy to partner with Uber India and provide professional driving training to the individuals who wish to become Uber Drivers. We expect to train 30,000 drivers under this programme, who will benefit from learning crucial aspects related to safe and responsible driving and also earn meaningful livelihood through this association with Uber.”