In 2016, Ford Philippines launched its first technical training facility at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati City. The hope was that the facility would help deserving scholars get a head start in the local automotive industry by helping them gain technical skills and experience.
Fast forward a year and a half later, and the facility's pioneer batch of graduates—23 students in total—has completed the program's automotive technician course. The soon-to-be automotive technicians took on actual on-the-job working hours at various Ford dealerships across Metro Manila, where they underwent skills and leadership training, as well as résumé writing and job interview workshops.
Ford Philippines managing director Bertrand Lessard says that the company is looking forward to seeing the new graduates "become the next generation's pool of automotive leaders."
"Education is a ticket to a better future, that’s why we’re very happy for the first batch of Ford scholars for successfully completing the automotive technician course," he added.
Don Bosco Manpower Skills Training Center technical director Jose Dindo Vitug expressed similar sentiments, and also thanked Ford Philippines for helping set up the program. "We thank Ford for helping us advance our advocacy of giving the youth access to education and the chance to be successful in life. It was an amazing journey for our scholars and we can’t wait to see how they will apply their learnings once they start working," he said.
There's no better education than gaining experience as part of the actual work force. Hopefully next year's batch will be even bigger.