MECHANICS OF A BRIGHTER FUTURE: TOYOTA PHL SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY
The Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology is the first of its kind in Asia.
MANILA,NOVEMBER 4, 2013 (PHILSTAR) By Paolo S. Romero - After dropping out of aviation school due to personal problems, 22-year-old Bruno Sembrano felt he was running out of options. Scouting around for technical and vocational (tech-voc) schools, he chanced upon Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology (TMP Tech).
“I was looking around for schools where I could enroll – I wanted a technical school – but none of them seemed to have enough or the latest tools and qualified teachers for tech-voc courses I was interested in,” Sembrano says in Filipino.
But I read in the newspapers about TMP Tech and after researching about it, I thought this would be the place. Fortunately my parents said okay,” he relates.
The youngest in a brood of three from Pasig City, Sembrano says he entered TMP Tech several weeks ago with “zero knowledge” of automotive repair and maintenance. But what excited him about the ground-breaking school was that it was new, it has an excellent curriculum, and it has state-of-the-art equipment and tools that he could get his hands on, and learn to use.
“The place is clean, and there’s a very good chance for me to be immediately employed in Toyota after graduating, in the country and abroad,” he says.
Set up as a non-stock, non-profit educational institution, TMP Tech is the vision of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) honorary chairman Shoichiro Toyoda and TMP chairman George S.K. Ty, who had been thinking of ways to express his gratitude to TMC, and to the country, for the many opportunities they have provided him in the last 25 years.
“Chairman Ty has always believed that a good education is essential for young people to do better in life. He felt that if talented Filipinos could get high-quality training as after-sales mechanics, then they would easily be able to land good jobs in dealerships here and abroad,” says TMP vice chairman Alfred Ty during the inauguration of the school recently.
“The quality education that TMP Tech promises will produce professionals qualified to work in a Toyota dealer workshop anywhere in the world. That employment will go a long way to help uplift the quality of life of many of our countrymen,” he adds, describing the institution as “our investment in the future of our youth.”
On the occasion of the TMP’s 25th anniversary, it also donated P25 million to the TMP Foundation that will appropriate the amount to TMP Tech.
“Promoting human resource development is an important Toyota value and TMP Tech is committed to continue doing this,” TMC executive vice president Yasumori Ihara says.
TMP president Michinobu Sugata shares the company’s “grand dream is to make the Philippines a human resource development hub for global Toyota.”
Sugata says the construction of the school, which started in December last year, was completed in just nine months. The school is housed in a two-story, 7,400-square meter building sitting on a one-hectare property beside the Toyota Special Economic Zone in Santa Rosa, Laguna.
TMP Tech can accommodate up to 600 students with various facilities including technical lecture and practice rooms, vehicle stalls, non-technical classrooms, a library, canteen, office and meeting rooms, and a multi-purpose hall.
It also has advance training simulators as well as a computer laboratory. Also within the complex is a dormitory that can accommodate up to 200 students.
TMP Tech is registered with both the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Loret San Pedro, technical director of TMP Tech, says there are currently 155 students, 11 of whom are females.
San Pedro, who has 31 years’ experience in teaching and practicing automotive repair and maintenance in noted tech-voc schools in the country, says there are total of 17 faculty members, of whom seven are full-time instructors. Some of the subjects would be taught by visiting instructors from Japan.
“This is the first school of its kind in Asia,” San Pedro tells STARweek. “This is because we have better quality students and potential technicians here and that’s a big advantage of our country.”
“The equipment and tools are complete. There will be no sharing or waiting, except in some group work in laboratory,” he says.
The school also boasts of a “superior instructor-to-student ratio,” according to TMP.
TMP Tech currently offers a two-year Automotive Servicing General Job Course, which covers the TESDA National Certification Levels 1 to 4, as well as Toyota-specific technical courses.
Other Toyota-specific courses are also included to ensure the competitiveness of the students in the global workforce. These courses include Toyota Way, Toyota Business Practices, Safety and 5S, Kaizen and Standardized Work, Environment, Customer First, Basic Math, and foreign languages.
The first batch is expected to graduate in 2015. San Pedro says there are many qualified applicants but they have set a ceiling on the number of students to ensure quality education.
Graduates would not only have TESDA certificates, but would also receive “Toyota Technician” and “Pro-Technician” credentials.
Interested applicants must be high-school graduates, at least 16 years old upon enrollment, and must pass written, practical and medical exams. Scholarships and financial assistance are also available to qualified applicants.
San Pedro says TMP Tech will offer body repair and paint courses as well as automotive engineering in the future.
He says counterpart institutions in the Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia, have expressed interest to send their students to TMP Tech, but as of now, Filipinos would have priority in the school.
He says there are also indications from dealerships in the Middle East and other countries in Asia to hire graduates of TMP Tech.
Most likely, however, San Pedro says graduates would work for a few years in the country due to some age requirements in foreign countries.
There are also plans to put up TMP Techs in the Visayas and Mindanao, he reveals.
“Our dream, our next step, is to make TMP Tech a college,” San Pedro says.
TMP School of Technology
WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF TMP TECH!
TMP TECH IN STA. ROSA, LAGUNA, PHILIPPINES
TOYOTA MOTOR PHILIPPINES SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY, INC. (TMP TECH), a world-class technical training school at the Toyota Special Economic Zone (TSEZ) in Santa Rosa, Laguna, started operations in September 2013.
A non-stock and non-profit educational institution, the school is geared towards transforming the Philippines into a human resource development hub to meet the needs of Global Toyota. Described as a “local training entity with a global perspective”, TMP Tech is specifically established for the training of after-sales technicians who will be deployed in service centers both here and abroad.
TMP Tech is further proof of TMP’s continuing belief in the capabilities of Filipino workers who have long been sought after as skilled talents throughout the globe. It recognizes Filipinos as quick learners with good communication skills, technical aptitude, and a positive working attitude. In doing so, Toyota will help empower the Filipino people, giving them a shot at careers that will not only lead to sustainable livelihood, but will also bring out the very best of their abilities.
Initially, TMP Tech offers a Two-year Automotive Servicing General Job Course.
This course covers the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) National Certification Levels 1 to 4, as well as Toyota-specific technical courses. A TMP Tech graduate, therefore, achieves the equivalent of a Toyota Pro-Technician level.
Other Toyota-specific courses are also included to ensure the competitiveness of the students in the global workforce.
TMP Tech has an advanced, fast-track curriculum embedded in the 2-year program. The curriculum includes TESDA National Certification Levels 1 to 4, Toyota-specific technical courses and general education, including foreign language training. The training the students will get from the school will enable them to be globally-competitive as soon as they graduate.
TMP Tech has state-of-the-art facilities and a high equipment-to-student ratio. TMP Tech offers more advanced equipment and simulators for training use and there are more technical rooms. Since there are fewer students to a piece of equipment, students are assured that they will have thorough hands-on practice during their training.
Because TMP Tech has a strong academe-industry linkage program, graduates of the school are given priority for employment in the local and global Toyota dealer network.
Welcome to the Official Website of TMP School of Technology, Inc
Among these courses are: Toyota Way, Toyota Business Practices, Safety and 5S, Kaizen and Standardized Work, Environment, Customer-First, Basic Math, foreign languages, and others.
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