Berjaya Auto Philippines (BAP), the exclusive distributors of Mazda vehicles in the country, continues its partnership with MFI Foundation Inc. for a second consecutive year in providing scholarships to deserving students in its Industrial Technician Program (ITP), specializing in Automotive and Motorcycle Technology course.
BAP and Mazda Philippines president and chief executive officer, Steven Tan along with David Macasadia, director for Customer Service, Aftersales and general counsel of BAP, signed the extension contract together with MFI Foundation Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Antonio Kosca and Executive Director and Vice-President Manolo Santos.
“Mazda’s continuing partnership with MFI is truly a win-win situation not only for both parties but most especially for the students who will benefit the most with the training opportunities to be made available to them through our dealerships and service facilities,” Macasadia said. “With the positive feedback we received from the first batch of technicians we have been helping to train since last year, we can only look forward to the next group of scholars who will experience the latest of Mazda’s SkyActive technologies in their pursuit of higher learning and experience.”
BAP and Mazda Philippines are already supporting twenty scholars for the two-year ITP course. The first batch of students have already completed the first year academic component of the program and are now undergoing a 1,440-hour OJT period at various Mazda dealerships in Metro Manila. The course utilizes a TESDA-accredited Dual Training System where both Mazda Philippines and MFI share the responsibility of providing the trainees with the best possible job qualifications through an adequate level of specific, general and occupation-related theoretical instruction through the MFI Technological Institute and followed through by practical hands-on training at Mazda service centers.
Included in the partnership agreement between BAP and MFI are knowledge sharing and exchange of technology trends as well as on-site training activities at Mazda facilities. BAP also donated Mazda car parts that are being used in the training of students in the Automotive and Motorcycle Technology course.