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Tour: Inside Ford's new technical training facility in Don Bosco

By Lionell Go Macahilig - 7 Sep 2016

Tour: Inside Ford's new technical training facility in Don Bosco

The opening of the technical training center in Don Bosco is one of the many corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects of Ford in the Philippines.

Investing for the future

Ford Philippines today inaugurated a new technical training facility at the Don Bosco Technical Vocational Education and Training Center (TVET) in Makati City. This partnership with Don Bosco is one of the many corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects of Ford in the Philippines, which reflects the company’s ethos of strengthening the communities where it operates its business. Ford has also institutionalized the Global Week of Caring every September to actively engage employees to allot volunteer hours outside the office.

We sat with Ford Philippines’ Managing Director Lance Mosley to learn more about this initiative.

Ford invested a total of P2.5-million in the construction and setup of the new training facility.

Why did you choose Don Bosco?

We have been involved with Don Bosco for many, many years, an organization that shares the same values with us in terms of investing in youth and trying to provide great opportunity through education. We also utilize these facilities to train our own technicians across the network. As you know, we are working hard to deliver the best-in-class service experience and the key piece of that is having properly trained factory-certified technicians. These are not only where we get: some of our young technicians start their careers here by going through some of the automotive programs that end up with our dealerships. We also send those same individuals back through the different levels of trainings that we have.

The training facility houses a vehicle lifter and 12 cabinets and toolboxes filled with specialized equipment.

Ford also announced a scholarship program that will grant 25 deserving out-of-school youth with a full scholarship of the Don Bosco TVET. The scholarship entitles each scholar to attend a 15-month automotive technical course. The American Chamber of Commerce Foundation will help in screening the candidates, monitoring their performance, and finding employment opportunities at Ford dealerships after they graduate from the course.

Does this mean that after graduating from Don Bosco, those graduates that were certified through your training program will be acquired or employed by Ford?

While there is no certainty, the dynamics of the program offer a great opportunity in the automotive industry across our dealerships in the country. And our dealerships love to have the best, brightest, and hardworking individuals who can help in ensuring the best customer experience.

 

Ford's training facility in Don Bosco features a classroom that can hold up to 50 students.

The classroom is dedicated to Henry Ford, the founder and visionary of Ford Motor Company.

Ford invested a total of P2.5-million in the construction and setup of the new training facility, which features a classroom that can hold up to 50 students, a vehicle lifter, and 12 cabinets and toolboxes filled with specialized equipment. Meanwhile, the scholarship program is fully-funded by Ford and has an estimated worth of more than P1.6-million.

You’re investing a significant amount of money in this program. What are you expecting in return?

We’re investing a lot in the Philippines. We’re committed to the Philippines and we think that such an investment is a way where we can continue to enrich people’s lives by providing safe vehicles to travel with and the technology of comfort that they expect. This initiative is a great way to invest for the future in the Philippines.

A sneak peek inside the classroom.

Apart from Don Bosco, are you also partnering with other organizations in initiatives similar to this?

This is a unique initiative. This one is a great partnership with Don Bosco, an established institution that has a strong foundation in educating the youth in the Philippines. We partnered with them to drive those youth and equip them with skills for careers that will provide them great opportunity for success and prosperity in the future.

Some of the components displayed inside the training facility.

Ford’s CSR activities in the country are primarily focused on three areas: driver safety, community building, and access to clean drinking water. In addition to the launch of the new training center and scholarship program in Don Bosco, Ford also conducted Ford Driving Skills for Life (FDSL) sessions, provided medical and dental assistance through healthcare missions, visited the abandoned and the elderly, and constructed water facilities in Leyte and Nueva Ecija. Ford’s investment in CSR projects has amounted to more than ten million pesos in 2016 alone.