Last March, the first batch of scholars at the Hyundai Dream Center Philippines (HDCP) began their training to equip them with the needed skills in automotive technology and vehicle maintenance. Through HDCP, partners Hyundai Motor Group (HMG), Plan International, and Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), aim to elevate the skills of the local workforce, and provide more career options in the automotive industry.
HDCP offers three TESDA-certified courses which adapts to the educational level and capacity of the scholars. Each course aims to develop the scholars’ understanding of Hyundai vehicles' technology, proper handling of equipment, safety procedures and practices in the workplace.
Apart from six months of studying, scholars will also undergo two months of on-the-job training (OJT) with the Hyundai Dealership Network. Graduates will have the opportunity to work with a Hyundai dealership as Hyundai Certified Technicians or Apprentice Technicians.
“We are honored by the confidence that Hyundai and Plan International have shown by partnering with us to design this training program. By year-end, successful graduates will be equipped to deliver the caliber of After Sales service that has propelled HARI to the forefront of the Asia-Pacific Hyundai distributorship community. I am especially proud to see our eight female scholars thrive and excel in the program,” said HARI president and CEO, Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo.
HDCP is the first Hyundai Dream Centre to partner with a distributor to respond to the demands of the local market. The four previously established Dream Centres located in Ghana, Indonesia, Cambodia and Vietnam have partnered with local vocational schools to design their courses.
“We are honored by the confidence shown to us by Hyundai Motor Group and Plan International,” added Perez-Agudo. “Their confidence in the quality of our facilities at the HDCP home base, the Hyundai Logistics Center in Laguna, and in the capacity of our training staff challenges us, not only to strengthen our Hyundai service teams, but also to provide a steady flow of world-class automotive technicians capable of energizing the local automotive industry.”