Formal education and training system in India was unable to keep pace with the ever-increasing demand for skilled people trained in the latest technology. Realizing this crucial aspect, the Government of Karnataka conceived establishing 'finishing schools' to train and develop employable skilled technicians in the state. German Dual System approach which optimally utilizes the participation of industry is well recognized as an effective system for technician level Skill training. Thus, born the society for "Karnataka-German Multi Skills Development Centre (KGMSDC) as an autonomous governance structure established by the Government of India and Government of Karnataka with technical support of German International Services (GIZ), Germany. The society has set up Karnataka German Technical Training Institutes (KGTTI) at Bengaluru, Kalaburagi, Belagavi, Mangaluru and Hubballi. The primary mission of KGTTIs is to provide demand oriented multidisciplinary training programs in various technical fields, directed towards develment of specialized skills in alignment with the industry requirements. The overall project cost in establishing all the five KGTTI centers is INR 250 Crores. The Government of Karnataka contracted GIZ International Services(GIZ InS), Germany, for the task of setting up these international standard training centers by providing technical expertise, capacity building and hand holding to bring them to financial self-sustenance in 5 Years. An array of long and short duration courses is offered from KGTTIs in advanced areas of technology viz. Manufacturing, Welding, Automation, Electrical, Construction, Automobile, and Information Technology thus fulfilling the unmet needs of the skilled personnel for industry and economy. At present, KGTTI Bengaluru and Kalaburagi has a capacity to train about 2000 trainees every year. These centers also offer training to teachers/trainers of Polytechnics and Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) and act as a common facility centers for the training institutes in the region.
With the initial successes of the two centers at Bengaluru and Kalaburagi, the Government of Karnataka decided to expand the network of KGTTIs by setting up three more institutes at Mangaluru, Belagavi and Hubballi thereby bringing regional balance. GIZ-InS thus assists the Government of Karnataka in its endeavor to provide competent and skilled workforce to the vibrant industrial sector in the state. Eventually, Karnataka-German Multi skills development Centre would become a trademark for Technical Vocational skills training.