Porsche Malaysia, represented by Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), has introduced a new factory-supported technical training programme in partnership with TOC Automotive College (TOC).

Called the Porsche Training Academy-Apprentice Programme (PTAAP), the new technical course is designed to nurture the next generation of local talent, while ensuring that the local workforce supports the service quality requirements at Porsche Centres nationwide.

The PTAAP course will be delivered in a “2+1” year training programme that places equal emphasis on both theoretical knowledge and practical skills expertise, with learning locations split between TOC classrooms and Porsche Centres.

The syllabus starts with a two-year classroom and workshop-based curriculum that focuses on the increased complexity and technological advancements of future Porsche vehicles, with routine assessments to ensure knowledge retention remains at a high level.

A dedicated Porsche technical trainer will also go through specific Porsche International Zertifizierter Porsche Techniker (ZPT) modules to allow for a greater understanding of the Porsche models.

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Following the two-year hybrid curriculum, students are given the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge via a compulsory one-year on-the-job training period at Porsche Centres nationwide.

An overall evaluation is then conducted at the end of the programme. Top performers that achieve the passing mark are awarded Porsche Certified Technician Bronze Level certification, together with a TOC programme certification of their choice – either the Diploma in Automotive Technology or the Master Technician Course.

“We believe that this intensive three-year programme offers attractive career opportunities, especially within an exciting sports car company like Porsche that continuously drives innovation together with tradition,” said SDAP Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Hunter.

“Designed for highly motivated individuals, passionate about sports cars and technology looking for an attractive career, this programme will allow us to continue to stay ahead of the transformational curve in the industry, especially in view of the recent confirmation of local assembly in Malaysia.”

“Nurturing young technical talent from the beginning whilst upskilling our current workforce, we aim to equip our local talent with this culture of collaboration with a like-minded partner like TOC,” Hunter added.

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“The PTAAP programme aligns with our vision of producing future-ready automotive professionals who are instilled with the right attitude, skills and knowledge for enhanced career growthm said TOC Executive Director, Dato’ Iqmal Shafiq.

“With electric mobility gaining momentum in Malaysia, this partnership with SDAP is a step forward in the right direction for TOC to offer a more rewarding career path to our students.”

First enrolments for the three-year PTAAP programme will commence from February 2022.