• TMP Tech eyes Middle East, Commonwealth nations

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    Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology (TMP Tech) is eyeing more Middle East countries and Commonwealth nations as destination for its graduates.

    A total of 109 individuals graduated from TMP Tech in Santa Rosa, Laguna on August 28 of which 96 will be employed by local dealerships, while 11 will be transferred to Toyota’s Specialized Toyota Automotive Training Program and will be employed by Toyota dealerships in Saudi Arabia.

    TMP Tech Executive Officer and Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation First Vice President Jose Maria Aligada said the school will also be working with other countries such as the rest of the Middle East and Australia.

    “We’re working on other Middle Eastern countries because the Middle East is the prime destination for aftersales technicians, and they like Filipinos there because they are very good in the workshop. We’re also working on full qualification with the Australian qualification framework, in order for us to send our graduates to Commonwealth countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, whatever,” Aligada said in an interview.

    He added that the school is working on the post-studies deployment so its graduates will be employed instantly, with some possibly settling for entrepreneurship.

    TMP Tech President Dr. David Go said in his speech to the graduates that the event is a fulfilment of Toyota’s technology transfer for future technicians who will service the Toyota global dealer network.

    “I’m convinced that sooner or later, given with the first batch of graduates, from TMP Tech, they are the pioneers of showing the whole world that the Toyota Way would benefit not only Toyota, but also to the consumers as well,” he said in an interview.

    TMP president Michinobu Sugata told Fast Times that the company will continue to improve its dealer network and technical services with the first batch of graduates of TMP Tech.

    “The market and our sales is still growing, so we had to expand our dealer network. We now have 47 outlets, probably we may reach 88. Naturally, we need more service technicians and advisers, so we will have to provide a skills and service course here,” Sugata said.

    He added the company will need more students for the planned number of dealerships. “Currently our capacity is at 720, and we are running at 711 students, so we are almost at full capacity to secure the quality of education for students. But if the market keeps on growing, naturally, we need more, so that’s the time that we may think about the expansion of our school,” he said.

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