• Porsche expands training and development program in PH

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    Shown from left are Don Bosco Mondo Managing Director Christian Osterhaus, German Ambassador Thomas Ossowski, PGA Cars Chairman Robert Coyiuto, Jr., Audi Volkswagen Middle East Group Managing Director Benoit Tiers, Porsche AG After Sales head Michael Drolshagen, Porsche AG After Sales Support Director Stefan Lutz, German Chamber of Commerce Philippines Dr. Bodo Goerlich and the scholars of the new PTRCA class 2015.

    Shown from left are Don Bosco Mondo Managing Director Christian Osterhaus, German Ambassador Thomas Ossowski, PGA Cars Chairman Robert Coyiuto, Jr., Audi Volkswagen Middle East Group Managing Director Benoit Tiers, Porsche AG After Sales head Michael Drolshagen, Porsche AG After Sales Support Director Stefan Lutz, German Chamber of Commerce Philippines Dr. Bodo Goerlich and the scholars of the new PTRCA class 2015.

    PGA Cars, the local distributor of Porsche cars in the country, announced on Tuesday last week that it will increase the number of students per year for the Porsche Training and Recruitment Center Asia 2.0 program to 120 in 2016.

    The program, with collaboration of the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati, will allow itself to send its technicians to Porsche, with new partners Volkswagen and Audi, in the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions.

    “The collaboration between Porsche, PGA and Don Bosco – we have already gone beyond the five-year mark. It is our hope that the PTRCA [Porsche Training and Recruitment Center Asia] continues in its path, and hone the natural talent of the Filipino youth, and provide them the world arena to showcase what we are capable of,” PGA Cars Marketing and Sales Assistant Christopher Chan said in a press conference.

    “I am glad that we have – along with Don Bosco – established the success of the program from the initial idea from Porsche AG and us. Having reached our six year mark last December, we are confident of the skills of the graduates and long term potential of the advanced training curriculum,” PGA Cars president Robert Coyiuto Jr. said in a statement.

    For the updated program, Don Bosco is building a new 6,000-square meter training center, housing 1,500 square meters of training workshops and seminar rooms.

    Porsche AG After-Sales Manager Michael Drolshagen said Filipinos are known for their good English language skills that contributed to the program.

    “Because a qualification from the PTRCA not only gives these young adults access to the international labour market, it also gives them a real opportunity to noticeably improve their own living conditions and to strengthen their family environment,” Drolshagen said in a statement.

    Audi Volkswagen Middle East Managing Director Benoit Tiers said in an interview that besides the Filipino traits, the technicians must also be committed to the program after graduating and beginning their career.

    “The students need to adapt further training as cars are becoming more and more technical, so we need them to train more on new electronics and devices,” Tiers said in an interview.

    Drolshagen added the students are expected to repair any car from the historic to the current line-up.

    “The expectation from all our technicians is that they can repair all our models. So not only classic cars like the 356 or a Carrera GT, or the new ones like the [Cayman] GT4 or [911] GT3RS. What we have here is an overview of the parts of the car, and the complete technology and insights that the dealership technicians are going to focus on with such technology,” Drolshagen said in an interview.

    Currently, the program has yet to send the technicians to motor sports-related activities.

    “Motor sports is so special that the skills needed in the engineering department is reserved for the best of the best. There is no direct link between PTRCA and motor sports, but as a technician, you grow along the path, and maybe we’ll be happy to see that an exceptionally skilled technician will be part of the motors ports family,” Tiers added.

    The PTRCA program started as an initiative by Coyiuto to send local technicians to the global Porsche dealer network in 2008, where the first batches graduated with less than 30 students. A total of 132 students are graduating this year, bringing the total number of graduates to 250.

    Don Bosco Mondo Managing Director Christian Osterhaus said in an interview that Porsche will pick those who are very interested in the field of mechatronics.

    “Don Bosco is not looking for those with the best grades of any private school, they will pick those who are from the streets. Out of 800 youngsters from Don Bosco Makati alone, Porsche will hand pick those who can fulfil their training needs,” he added.

    PGA Cars, the local distributor of Porsche cars in the country, announced on Tuesday last week that it will increase the number of students per year for the Porsche Training and Recruitment Center Asia 2.0 program to 120 in 2016.

    The program, with collaboration of the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati, will allow itself to send its technicians to Porsche, with new partners Volkswagen and Audi, in the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions.

    “The collaboration between Porsche, PGA and Don Bosco – we have already gone beyond the five-year mark. It is our hope that the PTRCA [Porsche Training and Recruitment Center Asia] continues in its path, and hone the natural talent of the Filipino youth, and provide them the world arena to showcase what we are capable of,” PGA Cars Marketing and Sales Assistant Christopher Chan said in a press conference.

    “I am glad that we have – along with Don Bosco – established the success of the program from the initial idea from Porsche AG and us. Having reached our six year mark last December, we are confident of the skills of the graduates and long term potential of the advanced training curriculum,” PGA Cars president Robert Coyiuto Jr. said in a statement.

    For the updated program, Don Bosco is building a new 6,000-square meter training center, housing 1,500 square meters of training workshops and seminar rooms.

    Porsche AG After-Sales Manager Michael Drolshagen said Filipinos are known for their good English language skills that contributed to the program.

    “Because a qualification from the PTRCA not only gives these young adults access to the international labour market, it also gives them a real opportunity to noticeably improve their own living conditions and to strengthen their family environment,” Drolshagen said in a statement.

    Audi Volkswagen Middle East Managing Director Benoit Tiers said in an interview that besides the Filipino traits, the technicians must also be committed to the program after graduating and beginning their career.

    “The students need to adapt further training as cars are becoming more and more technical, so we need them to train more on new electronics and devices,” Tiers said in an interview.

    Drolshagen added the students are expected to repair any car from the historic to the current line-up.

    “The expectation from all our technicians is that they can repair all our models. So not only classic cars like the 356 or a Carrera GT, or the new ones like the [Cayman] GT4 or [911] GT3RS. What we have here is an overview of the parts of the car, and the complete technology and insights that the dealership technicians are going to focus on with such technology,” Drolshagen said in an interview.

    Currently, the program has yet to send the technicians to motor sports-related activities.

    “Motor sports is so special that the skills needed in the engineering department is reserved for the best of the best. There is no direct link between PTRCA and motor sports, but as a technician, you grow along the path, and maybe we’ll be happy to see that an exceptionally skilled technician will be part of the motors ports family,” Tiers added.

    The PTRCA program started as an initiative by Coyiuto to send local technicians to the global Porsche dealer network in 2008, where the first batches graduated with less than 30 students. A total of 132 students are graduating this year, bringing the total number of graduates to 250.

    Don Bosco Mondo Managing Director Christian Osterhaus said in an interview that Porsche will pick those who are very interested in the field of mechatronics.

    “Don Bosco is not looking for those with the best grades of any private school, they will pick those who are from the streets. Out of 800 youngsters from Don Bosco Makati alone, Porsche will hand pick those who can fulfil their training needs,” he added.

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