Automotive company produces first five graduates

(From left) Matsuoka and Automotive Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Mohd Radzi Omar congratulating the five graduates from the first ever Isuzu Technical School (ITS) programme.

ISUZU Malaysia Sdn Bhd filled unlocked another milestone achievement with the first five graduates from the Isuzu Technical School (ITS).

There were only five trainees participating in the first pilot training at Royale Chulan Hotel Damansara.

“I am so thankful to all who helped me as without the continuous support and guidance from my teachers, wife and parents, I would not be standing here today,” said one of the graduates Badrul Hafiz Saboh.

The 23-year-old from Pahang said he will carry out his duties with dedication and apply everything he has learnt at work.

Badrul received the Best Student Award for being the top scorer in both the theory and practical exams and for his excellent attitude and performance throughout the course which started in April and ended in November this year.

“This really is a historic moment and I would like to express my congratulations to all graduates who worked hard through the tough challenges to be here today,” said Isuzu Malaysia chief executive officer Kenji Matsuoka.

He also urged graduates to take this as a first step towards greater achievements and obtain more certificates.

All graduates were presented with the Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM) – Level 2 in Commercial Vehicle: Service and Maintenance.

From here, they can obtain higher level certificates and even a diploma in advance skills.

“Our aim for this course is also to train our staff and ensure that they provide only the best service to our customers and improve our level of service,” he said.

Matsuoka thanked the Automotive Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of DRB-Hicom Bhd and the Department of Skills Development Malaysia (DSD) under the Human Resources Ministry.

“We are very pleased to have such a collaboration as this is in line with our country’s plan to train and produce a highly skilled workforce, especially in the commercial servicing field,” said DSD central region director Meena Ramalingam.

She added that the training was conducted under their National Dual Training System (NDTS) syllabus which started in 2005.

To date, more than 53,000 graduates nationwide have been produced under the NDTS.

Joining the graduates was ITS training and skill development head Syaiful Azuan Jaafar who was with the trainees throughout the entire course.

“I am very confident all of them will do well and I wish them luck in dealing with the many different customers and their personalities,” he said.

He explained that all graduates will be placed as mechanics at selected Isuzu workshops nationwide.

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