Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning India, a 60:40 joint venture between the US-based Johnson Controls and Japanese company Hitachi, will train 50,000 world-class AC technicians and cooling experts by 2025, through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative for skill development.
As part of its CSR initiative, the company intends to train the rural youth across the country through its specially designed curriculum and five skill development centres in Andhra Pradesh and one skill development centre in Gujarat, said Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning India (JCH-IN).
“The company is also aiming to create more than 50,000 world-class technicians and cooling experts by 2025 through its four state-of-the-art engineering excellence centres located in all four metro cities of the country,” company release said.
According to estimates, there are about two lakh AC service technicians in India, most of them functioning in the informal sector. India’s cooling demand is likely to grow eight times in 20 years, with the demand for cooling in buildings alone rising 11 times.
These factors are driving huge demand for skilled technicians in air conditioner and refrigeration segment.
To make skill development in air conditioners and refrigeration uninterrupted during the pandemic, the company has taken the virtual skill-building route.
JCH-IN Chairman and Managing Director Gurmeet Singh said rising demand for ACs and cooling solutions will further boost the need to produce world-class technicians in the post-COVID-19 era.