September 2, 2020, Kuala Lumpur – Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, the official distributor of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Malaysia, has felicitated 54 trainees from its Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Class of 2020 last week.
The apprentice programme has been running for 36 years and its aim is to nurture local Malaysian talent to become world-class technicians and join the Mercedes-Benz network to put their skills to the test.
As of August 2020, over 900 graduates have successfully entered the Mercedes-Benz network as advanced technicians after their successful completion from the programme.
“At Mercedes-Benz, we believe in the continuous development of an individual, training them to be self-reliant and driven for perfection. Over the years, we have seen many graduates join the programme and excel in their automotive career with us. The programme is designed to not only nurture young Malaysians by exposing them to advanced technical skills but also helps them future-proof their careers by learning from the finest in the industry.
“It is our goal to have a pool of well-trained, technically skilled workforce for our network across Malaysia to ensure that our customers get the best driving experience and uncompromising quality of their vehicle,” said its president and chief executive officer Dr Claus Weidner in a statement.
The Advanced Modern Apprenticeship provides a training module in developing the best automotive talents, unlike any other similar programmes.
“We aim to nurture our local talent, moulding them into the best version of themselves as they embark on their journey in the automotive industry. Despite the ups and down over the last few months in the automotive industry, we remain committed to delivering the Best Customer Experience, while we contribute to the nation’s demand for highly skilled talent in the automotive industry,” said its vice-president for customer service Jeffrey Simon.
TheAdvanced Modern Apprenticeship is a three-year training programme with full scholarship under the National Dual Training System in collaboration with the Department of Skills Development (JPK), Ministry of Human Resources.
Students will go through the latest technical knowledge and diagnostic skills in line with the advanced technology of Mercedes-Benz products. Upon completion, students will receive three certifications – Mercedes-Benz Automotive Mechatronic Training Certificate, and National Dual Training System Certificate, which is equivalent to the Malaysian Skills Certificate Level 3 (SKM 3), as well as a guaranteed four-year employment.
The students are trained by certified trainers assessed according to the international standards set by Daimler AG in Germany. According to the guidelines set, the training academy maintains a trainee ratio of one trainer to 15 trainees, ensuring the optimum quality in the delivery of modules. The entire course comprises a 70 percent practical and 30 percent theory based curriculum with an on-the-job training component.
This year, the Best Student Award was presented to 24-year old Muhammad Afiq Dzil Hisham from Klang, Selangor. Afiq was voted the best student by all the vocational trainers as he excelled in every aspect over the three-year course, which includes punctuality, work efficiency, proper use of tools, knowledge, safety consciousness, behaviour, interpersonal skills, work attitude and responsibility.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Mercedes-Benz Malaysia for this valuable training. We have learned a lot and worked hard over the last three years to get to where we are today, and we could not have done that without the guidance of our trainers, family and friends as we are now globally certified apprentices,” Afiq said.
Trainees from the programme are introduced and exposed to a wide range of skills which includes presentation, analysing, decision making, strategic thinking, mentoring, self-discipline and teamwork.
The Apprentice Training Centre is a 55,000 sq ft facility and staffed by 14 dedicated trainers. The training facility is equipped with the state-of-the-art training equipment, purpose-built classrooms and workshops that emulate real-life after-sales centres.
For more information on the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Modern Apprenticeship programme, please visit https://www.mercedes-benz.com.my/apprenticeship