The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding agreement between Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) and the Ministry of Youth and Sport (MOYS) signifies a historic genesis between both parties in the endeavour to develop skills of the youth for the automotive industry.

The main agenda behind the ministry is to create a positive and conducive environment for the youth in the industry to expand their potential to the full, as pointed out by the patriarch and Minister of MOYS, YB Mr. Khairy Jamaluddin.2015-Mercedes-MoU-MOYS-07

The ministry launched the Vocational Transformation Plan last year and has already signed on multiple blue-chip companies onto the initiative. They include the like of Samsung, Petronas, AEON, Tan Chong Motors and Tune Hotels – just to name a few. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia now joins the ranks of those listed.

Mr. Jamaluddin also pointed out in his speech the five key areas that MBM and MOYS has come to a noted understanding. Firstly, a total of 12 students from the field (Commercial Vehicle Maintainance) will be drafted into the pilot program. These students hail from all the far flung corners of the country.2015-Mercedes-MoU-MOYS-01

Secondly, these students will be in training for a duration of three months as part of the program at the MBM Apprentice Training Centre. There they will be trained on the daily operations of FUSO. Thirdly, MBM will collaborate with the Dept. of Skill Development in building curriculums and teaching materials.

Fourth, all successful participants of the program will be awarded a full-time permanent employment determined by MBM at any of its authorized FUSO dealerships. Not only that, a minimum basic wage of RM1,800 per month comes with the job. Lastly, three trainers from the National Youth Skill Institute (IKBN) will be postulated the same training as the pupils undergo.

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Nicholas Raj
This author was born with an undying love for cars. As the mantra goes, the faster, the better. A hotelier-cum-entrepreneur, he soon gave up the life in pursuit of joining the brinks of the local automotive industry. He spends his days, aside from writing obviously, plotting and scheming his plan ever so carefully in the hopes of bagging a Porsche 991 Turbo in white with the Martini racing colours.