Isuzu Motors Ltd. (IML) Japan has completed rebuilding the Isuzu-TESDA Training Center in Tacloban City, Leyte, that was ravaged by super-typhoon Yolanda in 2013. The facility has successfully trained hundreds of underprivileged youths have to be professional automotive mechanics.
Continuing what it started five years ago, IML in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and World Vision Philippines recently bid farewell to another batch of successful service technician graduates.
On August 24, the Isuzu-TESDA Technical Training Center in Tacloban, Leyte presented 14 new graduates who completed their National Competency certification program – a four-levelled program that is administered by the regional arm of TESDA.
IML, although operating in Japan, has been actively supporting this project since 2010 and has given scholarship grants to more than a hundred underprivileged teens in the Visayas. Even after Yolanda (international name Haiyan), IML extended its support to the technical center’s scholars and their families by providing immediate relief assistance.
In February this year, after facility renovation, the technical center reopened its doors to its trainees and continued its classes. Since its inception, the project has seen an big improvement in the lives of its graduates, with most of them are now working in different service centers here and abroad. The same future awaits the technical center’s recent graduates.
Even before graduation rites, trainees had already been pre-qualified to work in different Isuzu service centers locally. In fact, most of them have already secured service technician positions in Isuzu dealerships and Isuzu Autoparts Manufacturing Corporation.
“All they needed was the opportunity for an education, we gave them that opportunity and in return we can see that they are helping themselves uplift their status in life,” said IML Senior Counsellor Yoshinori Ida. “We are very proud that most of our scholars now are living a more comfortable life, we hope to continue this endeavour for as long as possible” he added.
The training center has welcomed 18 new hopefuls to be included in Batch 12 of trainees. They will undergo the same NC I-IV certification program that the center offers. According to TESDA Region VIII Director Cleta Omega, TESDA is in the process of leveling up the program by offering a fifth and final diploma course that will focus more on the trainee’s supervisorial and managerial skills.
If approved, TESDA can now issue a diploma to all successful students that they can use to apply for a job. As for Isuzu, the company vows to continue supporting the project as they see the results of its changes on the lives not just of its scholars but on their families as well.