Mercedes-Benz Malaysia recently announced the graduation of 38 apprentices from its Advanced Modern Apprenticeship (AMA) Program and welcomed 42 new apprentices for the year 2023.
Over the past three years, the graduating batch of 38 apprentices underwent stringent training, culminating in their certification as globally-recognised Mercedes-Benz technicians.
These newly-minted professionals are set to join the Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Retail Network, which boasts a robust base of over 1,000 Service Personnel. In addition, they will be offered job opportunities within the company’s Service Network for the subsequent four years. The investment per student over the three-year program is RM100,000.
The recipient of the Best Student Award from the graduating class of 2023, Fakharuddin bin Abu Hanipah, said, “I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Mercedes-Benz Malaysia for the incredible opportunity I have had over the past three years. This program has provided me with the skills and knowledge essential for navigating the dynamic automotive industry. I am appreciative of the guidance offered by our knowledgeable trainers and excited for the next phase of my journey.”
Fakharuddin was voted the best student by all the vocational trainers as he excelled in every aspect over the three-year course, which includes Punctuality, Work Efficiency, Proper use of Tools, Knowledge, Safety Consciousness, Behaviour, Interpersonal Skills, Work Attitude and Responsibility.
The Advanced Modern Apprenticeship provides the best-in-class training module in developing the best automotive talents, unlike any other similar programmes in the country. It is a three-year training programme with full scholarship under the National Dual Training System (NDTS) in collaboration with the Department of Skills Development (JPK), Ministry of Human Resources.
Beneficiaries of this full scholarship receive a monthly allowance of RM800 for the duration of the three-year program as well as RM500 yearly allowance covering uniforms and safety shoes During the course, students go through the latest technical knowledge and diagnostic skills in line with the advanced technology of Mercedes-Benz products.
Upon completion, students will receive three certifications; Mercedes-Benz Automotive Mechatronic Training Certificate, Mercedes-Benz Qualified Maintenance Technician Certificate, and National Dual Training System Certificate, equivalent to the Malaysian Skills Certificate Level 3 (SKM 3), guaranteed with a four-year employment.
In September 2023, 42 new apprentices were selected to join the Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Program after a vigorous evaluation process. Notably, five of these apprentices are from Montfort Boys Town, a testament to the successful Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked with Mercedes-Benz Malaysia last year.
The two-year MoU, signed in September 2022, includes a “Train the Trainer Collaboration” whereby Mercedes-Benz Malaysia imparts technical skills and expertise training on Mercedes-Benz vehicles to Montfort’s trainers. In turn, Montfort transfers this valuable knowledge and skills to their students. This collaboration also strives to develop and enhance the training curriculum, fostering an interest among Montfort students in Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s apprenticeship program.
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia and Montfort Boys Town will further strengthen their partnership with forthcoming initiatives such as a Trainer Exchange Program in October 2023 and a Train the Trainer program scheduled for December 2023, both aimed at promoting knowledge sharing and skills development.