Committed to supporting this growth by nurturing globally certified talent, the Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) Training Academy recently celebrated the graduation of its newest group of apprentices from its Automotive Mechatronic Training programme.
A total of 26 apprentices graduated from the academy this year. To date, no fewer than 827 globally certified apprentices have passed through its doors since the establishment of training programs locally.
All the graduates received three certifications – the Mercedes-Benz Automotive Mechatronic Training Certificate; the Mercedes-Benz Qualified Maintenance Technician Certificate; and the National Dual Training System (NDTS) Certificate, which is equivalent to the Malaysia Skills Certificate Level 3, a certification recognised by the Department of Skills Development under the Ministry of Human Resources, Malaysia.
“The development of our nation’s youth and providing them with a bright career path continues to be a passion for us at Mercedes-Benz Malaysia. We are very proud to see our young talents transform from trainees into globally certified technicians. These graduates form the foundation of our network and enable us to deliver the Best Customer Experience, an assurance that all Mercedes-Benz customers and fans have come to trust. We look forward to nurturing more Malaysian youth and sustainably contribute towards the nation’s demand for highly skilled talent in the automotive industry,” said MBM President & CEO, Dr Claus Weidner.
Following the completion of a three-year training programme, the apprentices will be absorbed into MBM’s extensive network of Autohauses and service centres nationwide. With a variety of career opportunities available, an example of a possible career progression could include apprentices beginning their career as a Qualified System Technician, and possibly be promoted to a Certified Diagnosis Technician or Certified Service Advisor.
“The formal education phase may have ended with the graduation ceremony. However, learning never stops which is why we continue to provide up-skilling courses throughout the career path of our people in line with our life-long learning philosophy. Further professional development have seen our graduates obtain the C-management certification and move on to become workshop managers, senior managers and dealer principles in the network or even pursue management roles at the Mercedes-Benz Malaysia headquarters,” added Dr Weidner.
The Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Training Academy began to take in 60 trainees per year starting in 2017 over a 3-year programme known as the new Advanced Modern Apprenticeship. Based on training guidelines set by Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, the Training Academy maintains a trainee ratio of one trainer to 15 trainees.
The course comprises a 70% practical-based curriculum, which includes 30% on-the-job-training, and 30% theory-based curriculum. Trainees are exposed to a wide range of skills including presentation, analysing, decision making, system thinking, mentoring, self-discipline and team work skills to prepare them for the working world. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, along with the dealer network, invests over RM100,000 per trainee for the implementation of the training programme.