Thursday, November 26, 2015

Porsche Training and Recruitment Center Asia (Manila) expands scope to include Audi, Volkswagen

The Porsche Training and Recruitment Center Asia (PTRCA) is expanding its operations by welcoming Porsche's sister brands Audi and Volkswagen as its cooperation partners by sourcing out its personnel for its Middle East operations from the PTRCA.

Established by local Porsche importer and dealer PGA Cars, Inc. in 2008 with the cooperation of the Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI), the PTRCA has already trained more than 250 personnel as motor vehicle service mechatronic technicians for Porsche centers in over 11 countries across the Middle East and Asia Pacific. With the expansion of the training to include Audi and Volkswagen vehicles, the PTRCA expects the number of its trainees to increase from 32 per year to as many as 145 by 2017.

"Good English language skills and the good work ethic the people of the Philippines are known for are beneficial here," Porsche AG after-sales chief Michael Drolshagen said as the reason the German carmaker established the PTRCA in Manila. "But of course for us it means also practicing social responsibility. Because a qualification from the PTRCA not only gives these young adults access to the international labor market, it also gives them a real opportunity to noticeably improve their own living conditions and to strengthen their family environment."

As the PTRCA training for motor vehicle service mechatronic technicians for Porsche, Audi, and Volkswagen starts this year, sister brands Lamborghini and Bentley are reportedly planning to join as cooperation partners as well--a testament to how much the Philippine-trained mechanics are valued by the Volkswagen conglomerate.

"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," shared PGA Cars owner and chairman Robert Coyiuto Jr. "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. The PTRCA not only provides a highly skilled and proficient labor force for the global Porsche and Volkswagen Group network but also provides the underprivileged yet highly deserving Filipino youth the opportunity to become breadwinners for their families. This also underlines the fact that as a successful company, we put a strong priority on our corporate social responsibility. This is my commitment."

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