Isuzu Philippines Corp., together with World Vision Development Foundation and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), announced the graduation of Isuzu Heart and Smile Project’s 19th batch of trainees and welcomed its 23rd batch at the TESDA Auto Mechanic Training Center (AMTraC) in Tacloban, Leyte.
Sixteen trainees graduated from Automotive Servicing National Certificate IV, the highest qualification for automotive servicing where in 12 graduates will be deployed to different Isuzu Dealerships nationwide while 4 of them will continue their studies at Isuzu Global Service Corporation.
“Studying and graduating from this school will earn you a full-time job in the Philippines auto industry. You will also have an opportunity to work in the automotive sector around the world,” he said, ensuring the promise of landing a job opportunity at the end of the training program,” said Isuzu Motors Ltd. (IML) senior executive officer HiroKazu Okubo as he encouraged the graduates to excel in their work and contribute to the development of the Philippines.
More than providing education to youth from poorest communities in the country, the project also aims to produce globally competitive auto mechanics that will contribute to the further development of the automotive industry in the country.
Apart from sending 16 trainees off to their new life journey, fresh new batch of trainees were also welcomed to the AMTraC. The 23rd batch of trainees consists of 18 scholars who were carefully selected out of the 600 applicants from different areas of the region.
The project persisted well through the pandemic generating 367 skilled individuals since 2008. Aside from free education and accommodation to all trainees, the project also aims to provide careers in the automotive industry for all graduates with guaranteed 91 percent employment rate.