Published on April 14th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
UMW TOYOTA MOTOR INVESTS RM1.5 MILLION
UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd has invested more than RM 1.5 million worth of training equipment and simulators for the Toyota Technical Education Program (T-TEP) training centres in the country, said its president Datuk Ismet Suki. Speaking at the launch of the sixth T-TEP training centre at WIT College, Datuk Ismet said over the past years, the company has been sharing the latest knowledge and technological advancement with all its T-TEP automotive institutions that UMW Toyota Motor had an understanding with. Besides, all students will have a fair share in learning the Toyota Culture and discipline in Toyota Way Foundation in their colleges even before they were recruited as employees.
Also present at the ceremony were Minister of Rural and Regional Development, YB Dato’ Seri Hj Mohd Shafie bin Hj Apdal and Chairman of WIT College, Tan Sri Zainal Rampak.
T-TEP program, initiated by Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan, is widely recognized throughout the world with the implementations of 436 institutions across 52 countries.
In Malaysia, T-TEP program has started since 1991, where there are currently six T-TEP institution including WIT College. The other colleges are IKM Jasin, Melaka; IKM Kuching, Sarawak; IKM Lumut, Perak; Kolej Tafe Seremban, Negeri Sembilan and Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi MARA, Masjid Tanah, Melaka.
Datuk Ismet said that the program has helped to realise the company’s initiative in new recruitment especially in reinforcing the capacity of UMW Toyota Motor service networks in the country.
“T-TEP program is in line with the Human Capital Development trust in the 2014 National Automotive Policy (NAP) which aims at providing competent and sufficient workforce at all levels,” he said. In addition, he mentioned that UMW Toyota Motor has always believed that the program would contribute to the development and competitiveness of the domestic automotive industry.
Currently, there are about 500 workers in Toyota service network nationwide who are former T-TEP students, some of them have already been working more than 20 years and hold the position as high as Manager Customer Service Operations.
Datuk Ismet mentioned that UMW Toyota Motor aims to acquire the seventh T-TEP institute by 2016 as the next expansion plan at Sabah region.
Lastly, he also said UMW Toyota Motor would continue to further nurture and level up the quality services not only for Toyota Service Centres but he also believed that it could benefit the entire automotive industry in the country.