Bosch and Don Bosco: Technological skills for life

PHOTOS show the inauguration of Bosch TVET Automotive Facility in Don Bosco Technical Institure.

METRO Manila, Philippines – Bosch underscores quality training as a strong suit to sustainability. Right from the beginning, the company’s founder, German engineer and entrepreneur Robert Bosch, had stipulated that “the future of our industry, and any progress in the technical field, depends on the training of capable mechanics and technicians.” These words served as a guiding ideology to Bosch as it still rings true in today’s modern age.

In recent years, workforces have been evolving into an increasingly competitive and global pool. As standards rise higher and innovations become more sophisticated, the way to stay highly competent is improving on skills development. By carrying out working values that call for quality and efficiency, not only will an individual be able to adapt a tech-centric environment, he will also be able to grow with the fast-changing world.

Robert Bosch himself was a keen believer of training and had placed great emphasis on the importance of quality work. As a global leader in automotive aftermarket solutions and services, Bosch upholds this role by espousing this principle with like-minded institutions to enrich the skills of capable and eager individuals to subsequently safeguard their futures.

In partnership with Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati, Bosch Philippines opened its new Technical Vocational Education and Training facility in Don Bosco’s newly-constructed Diamond Jubilee Building. It was inaugurated by local and regional representatives from Bosch, led by Bosch Philippines Managing Director Andrew Powell, Bosch Philippines Country Sales Director for Automotive Aftermarket Paulo Duarte, Bosch Director of Sales and Technical Services in Asia Pacific South East Guenter Noske and Don Bosco Technical Institute Technical Director Fr. Jose Dindo Vitug.

Response to Market Demand

In the previous year, the local industry was able to set a milestone as it generated sales over 288,000 vehicles. This trend is continuously progressing, and has enabled Bosch to expand its footprint across the country via its core automotive businesses the Bosch Car Service Centers, Bosch Diesel Service and Bosch Express Car Services.

This headway the automotive sector enjoys indicates opportunities for skilled automotive mechanics and technicians in the aftersales division. Bosch’s strategic direction on expansion is now substantiated with a more resilient platform that centers on training and education. “Bosch’s partnership with Don Bosco is a way to answer to this demand and bring a steady path for automotive professionals,” said Duarte.

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No Fault in Training

Bosch believes in the “investment of training” in order to cultivate a set of highly proficient manpower. Over the years, the company established a widespread network of training centers around the world that offer efficient courses on car service, vehicle maintenance and systems, gasoline and diesel systems, among many others. Bosch’s workshop facility in India, for instance, was able to provide employment opportunities for most of its trainees who completed their units of the workshop program.

With social commitment standing as a guiding principle behind Bosch’s venture on education and training, it has been the company’s imperative to support the welfare of its associates. “Training has always been the key to Bosch’s sustainability,” Duarte stressed. “We have observed recently that there has been a cultural shift in behavior on how workshops would like to receive their training. We realized that by fulfilling the basic needs of the public first, we are eventually able to introduce the basic knowledge of automotive technology,” he said.

Industry and academic partnerships were deemed helpful in strengthening public knowledge and education. Within the ASEAN region, Bosch is involved in an ongoing effort in seeking opportunities with institutions to engage with such programs. The company has opened a workshop facility in Cambodia, and is looking to extend ties with promising countries like Vietnam and Indonesia. “These activities are essential for us to sustain the future for the public. Partnerships such as this can pose benefit for the students to learn first-hand knowledge from the industry player and professional trainers.”

The Bosch facility in Don Bosco will be integrating modern techniques of teaching through the use of e-Learning, and possibly, virtual reality. Learning through digitalized methods is a timely and effective approach to equip students efficiently but it should not completely replace face-to-face training. For Bosch, however multifaceted automotive technology can be, knowing the fundamental skills remains a prevailing asset to achieve excellence. “Manual ability is an indispensible skill for an automotive professional to effectively perform his expertise. The haptic way of learning should be retained to effectively grasp the composition of cars and its components,” said Duarte. “And in doing so, students should be motivated and inspired to gain the confidence they need by the time they practice in the real world.”

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Bosch and Don Bosco’s Strategic Direction

Similar to Bosch, Don Bosco is on an endless mission to empower its community by offering skills development programs. “Our school is open to the underprivileged so they can receive training from our facilities to hopefully unlock a better future,” said Fr. Vitug. “Being in the academe, we cannot move forward without company partnerships; otherwise, our curriculum will remain obsolete and will only be a thing of the past. The support of Bosch is our key to keep up with the trends and facets of the ever-evolving industry and I know they are a very important company we can learn from.”

The Bosch Car Service Training Center is clad with top-of-the-line modern equipment which enables both trainers and students to fully understand the automotive concept. “By investing in first-rate amenities, we are making sure that our apprentices are provided with the best education one can obtain,” Duarte expressed.  “We are delighted to extend our arms to the Don Bosco staff and students and give them opportunities to train them with basic automotive skills and knowledge.” Through this facility, Bosch is able to provide groundwork where trainees can start their professional journey.

Beyond its function as a workshop space, the Bosch training facility will also serve as the brand’s official car service center. “We’ve streamlined our facilities by relocating our service business in Don Bosco,” said Duarte. “This will give the students a chance to apply their training and expand their learning curve. Moreover, this will ensure our customers are given enhanced services through better technologies and diagnostic techniques to meet their demands and needs,” he said.

Education and skills are intangible, but carries singular power to people who possess both. “Our partnership with the academe, particularly with Don Bosco tails a bright future ahead both for Bosch and the Don Bosco community,” said Duarte. “On behalf of Bosch, we thank everyone involved in turning this into a reality as we go headlong to bigger success in supporting our community and our country,” he added.

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