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‘Half a World Away’ – trip to India

Bradford College is strengthening its international links with one of the largest automobile companies in the world, Tata Motors and their suppliers, the Lucknow Excellence Cluster.

The Indian automotive industry is facing intense competition and a skill shortage within this industry, which is one of the key issues highlighted by the Indian business community and Government.

Established in 1945, Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobile company and employs over 60,000 people. With a strategic alliance with Fiat in 2005, it now has dealerships, sales, services and a spare parts network of over 6,600 touch points across the world.


In January 2015 I am going to India to support the development of Tata Motors Train the Trainer programme. Part of my role with course development and the other, to set up their virtual learning environment.

I will be using this page to update my personal experience of the trip to Lucknow. Wish me luck.


18:00 GMT 8th Jan 2015

We have made it to through the first leg of the marathon journey, completing the 7 hour flight from Manchester to Abu Dhabi. I managed two movies and a load of marking on the plane.

We are now sitting in the airport waiting for our connecting flight to Delhi. However, due to the unusually fog this morning in Abu Dhabi out flight is delayed an hour. At least that means less time waiting in the next airport.

Abu Dhabi

the team

I also learnt you can change your gold bullion into change in the ATMs within the airport!

gold machine

We didn’t get far. Our Abu Dhabi to Delhi plane had a fault and we had to get off. We need to wait another few hours for a replacement plane.

The broken plane

7pm (Lucknow time) 9th January:

After 34 hours of travelling we make it into the hotel room at Lucknow.

We were up early on Saturday morning to meet with a delegation from Tata Motors and discuss the final plans for the training

Meeting the Project team in Lucknow


After the meeting, our hosts graciously took us on tour of the City of Lucknow.

Meeting other tourists

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Then it was down to work. From Monday to Thursday we ran a training session on the concepts and theories of teaching and learning with those employees of Tata Motors who had been selceted to be Master Trainers. These Master Trainers would then take our material and develop it to train 100 more trainers. This 100 are then to be set out to train vocational skills to to 3000+ Tata Motors employees.

actually working in India

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There was a still time for a little more sightseeing, and I could not leave Lucknow with buying a hand made paper kite.

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