WILLY TEE TEN has another dream – to create the “Harvard” of automotive schools at least in the Philippines.
Tee Ten said that the Autohub Institute of Technology (AIT) allows its students to be trained on the latest automotive technologies from the United States, Japan, South Korea and Europe, that gives its enrollees the best training to become automotive technicians and service supervisors and managers. AIT is located at the top floor of the building where Ford BGC is located.
“The good thing with our students is they get to learn different brands – we have the American Ford, we have Japanese Nissan and Mazda, we have Korean Hyundai, we have the British, European Mini, Rolls Royce, Lotus,” he added.
Now on its second year of operations, AIT combines classroom teaching with actual hands-on training that includes work in the various dealerships under the Autohub Group.
“Our students receive training on latest technology, the SkyActiv technology of Mazda, the Ecoboost engine of Ford, the CRDi [common rail diesel injection]engines of Hyyndai, we got the beautiful engines of Mini and Rolls Royce,” Tee Ten said.
To jumpstart the school, he added AIT provided scholarships for its first batch of students that now number 25. They are in their second year of study.
“The first two batches are all our scholars, we financially support them. Its part of our CSR [corporate social responsibility]as well,” Tee Ten said.
A second batch of about 30 students is also undergoing training at AIT.
The first batch is now on its six-month training at the Autohub dealerships after finishing two semesters of classroom training. This system, Tee Ten said, allows AIT students to actually apply the skills they learned in the classroom.
After five days of training on the job, the students report to the school on Saturdays for classroom learning.
Tee Ten said all AIT students are trained using e-learning and all of them use computer tablets.
Based on the Autohub website, “AIT provides a two-year Automotive Servicing Technician courses based on the National Certifications courses of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority: Automotive Servicing NC1; Automotive Servicing NCII; Automotive Servicing NCIII; and Automotive Servicing IV.”
Tee Ten said the students and graduates of AIT can be deployed to other countries where any of the brands under the Autohub Group have dealership operations.
“We can talk to other Asian, Asean [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] dealers. I can tell them ‘If you want me to supply you with technicians all the time, I have graduates every semester, every six months I can supply you. Just make sure you return them to me,’” he added.
When the AIT students return from their six-month stint abroad, Tee Ten said they can share their knowledge with other students and be trained to become service supervisors and managers.
“Then they can be sent abroad again,” he said.
PURSUING A DREAM
Tee Ten said that among the top problems of car dealers in the Philippines is lack of qualified technicians because the best ones leave to work abroad after being offered salaries that are three to four times the norm in the Philippines.
“The Philippines’ No. 1 export are people,” he added.
Confident that AIT can produce graduates better than Don Bosco, Tee Ten said the school can help students who are willing to learn to achieve their dreams.
“We did not only give them education, we also give them a career, we give them a chance to work abroad if they are good enough,” he said.
“I want it [AIT] to be the Harvard of automotive schools,” Tee Ten added.