The human resource – killing or skilling?The Avery Dennison Knowledge Center in BengaluruBhrigav Jain believes that the label printing and converting industry is sorely lacking in skilled manpower. “If the industry continues in not being able to attract the right talent, it will be a major loss in the long-term and the industry needs to find a way of making itself attractive for fresh talent emerging from colleges,” Jain said. Anil Sharma, managing director – materials group South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa of Avery Dennison India while speaking to Packaging South Asia said, “Avery Dennison Knowledge Center is an industry learning platform to enable our customers to improve their business, learn what is new and help in training talent to meet the growing needs of the label printing industry”Label converters converge on the Gallus EM 280 demo at the inauguration of the Avery Dennison Knowledge Center, Bengaluru.
Photo PSAJain recently inducted two students coming out of the Avery Dennison Knowledge Center in Bengaluru and six students from Guru Jambeshwar University in Hisar in a bid to address the situation. He is committed to training those who are ready to work on the latest technology servo-driven presses with completely computerized electronic interfaces and remote diagnostics. The modern computerized prepress and workflow including color management requires literate technicians and engineers who are willing to work with their hands on the shop floor.
Jain is thus far extremely impressed by the two technicians that he has hired from the initial 20-student batches trained at the Avery Dennison Knowledge Center in Bengaluru. He feels that their 40 day training at the centre is an appropriate hands-on skilling solution and plans to send his other recruits for training there as well. Moreover, the fully equipped – from prepress to press and tooling – Avery Dennison Knowledge Center is about to get its own Gallus ECS 340 (replacing the earlier EM 280) which practically ensures a stream of trained human resource for the productivity for the large number of ECS 340 installs around the country in the past year. Jain feels that the ADKC has already taken shape as a great breeding ground for skilled print label manufacturing technicians in the years to come.