Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) and Montfort Boys Town Shah Alam have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) together to recruit and incubate secondary school students for MBM’s “Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Programme”.
The MoU will be effective for two years, with MBM first providing a ‘Train the Trainer’ program to Montfort Boys Town trainers who will later transfer the knowledge to the Montfort Boys Town students. Among the curriculum of the ‘Train the Trainer’ training are technical skills and expertise on current Mercedes-Benz models.
As a three-year course, the “Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Programme” covers a wide range of globally approved syllabuses and training guidelines by Mercedes-Benz Global Training with Mercedes-Benz Competence elements. The programme incorporates International Qualifications up to Level 3 and is recognised by the Department of Skills Development under the Ministry of Human Resources.
MBM aims to expose and prepare interested students to the “Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Programme” that is available upon completion of their secondary school curriculum. An annual pre-enrolment assessment will be conducted for the students of Montfort Boys Town where those who successfully pass will be able to apply for the Advanced Modern Apprenticeship programme.
MBM will provide a full scholarship to students who successfully enrol in the Advanced Modern Apprenticeship programme. The successful students will be full-time trainees under Mercedes-Benz Malaysia. They will receive a monthly allowance of RM 800 throughout the three-year programme and are guaranteed employment upon graduation with minimum salary in the first year.
Graduates will also have more opportunities thereafter with Mercedes-Benz where they can progress into management positions within the customer services department after completion of their diagnostic level qualifications.
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia President & CEO and South East Asia II Head of Region, Sagree Sardien said, “Mercedes-Benz Malaysia is committed to the development of our future workforce and we want to cultivate, develop and attract talent at an early age. This collaboration will expose students to social and organizational competencies which will drive service excellence the Mercedes-Benz way. As part of our education pillar, we see a great opportunity to nurture and invest in these young talents who aspire to have a career in the automotive industry as globally certified technicians.”
Montfort Boys Town Director, Brother Robin Devasagayam said, “Montfort Boys Town is honoured and privileged to be part of this programme with Mercedes-Benz Malaysia. We strongly believe that this new training curriculum will add depth and broaden the horizons of our students as they pave their future careers. We thank Mercedes-Benz for choosing to work with us and we will strive to ensure a fruitful collaboration for many years to come for our future generation.”
Also held at the event was the Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Programme Graduation for the class of 2021 and 2022 where a total of 99 trainees completed their training and are now globally certified technicians. The Best Student Award was presented to two students, Muhammad Syakir Badri Bin MD Nizam and Nur Feazah Binti Fuaad.
As part of the brand’s strategy and global direction to lead in electric, Mercedes-Benz has developed a new profile for Electric Vehicle Specialists, known as Expert in High Voltage (EHV) which will be introduced starting with the 2022 intake. This new syllabus will be added on the existing modules as part of the brand’s efforts to train and equip talents to be future-ready for the demands of mobility of tomorrow.