Pinoys urged to train at Bosch automotive maintenance center

By Alexander Villafania

MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA—Industrial equipment manufacturer Bosch Philippines recently opened a power tools and automotive maintenance training center in Makati City as part of its ongoing efforts to build a larger pool of professional technicians to serve here and abroad.

Bosch invested $1.8 million (approximately P77 million) for the new facility, which has the latest equipment for automotive after sales diagnostics and power tools use.

The training course was also developed in partnership with the government’s Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

According to Bosch Philippines managing director Joseph Hong, the decision to build the facility came after previous training programs between Bosch and TESDA. For instance, in 2007, a Bosch and TESDA training project resulted in training 5,500 auto mechanics.

Another 11,000 people were also trained in woodwork and metalwork in 2010. Many of these trainees have gone to various local and international industries, particularly in the building and construction business.

Statistics from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) showed that as of 2010, workers with technical and vocational courses are among the top most in-demand skill sets abroad.

Among these are wiremen and electrical workers, plumbers and pipefitters, welders and flame-cutters, and mason who must have require training in the use of power tools.

“Industry demands for trained workers. By creating new areas for professional growth among Filipinos, we’ll be able to address the requirements of specific industries and help improve the domestic economy by giving people jobs,” Hong said.

Aside from the training center opening, Bosch Philippines also announced its sales performance in the Philippines for fiscal year 2011. The company grew 6.3 percent with revenues reaching $23.8 million (approximately P1 billion), driven by its strong equipment sales.

The company also expects growth from its newly-introduced thermotechnology (food equipment) and security services (camera equipment).

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