Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) recently awarded 11 students from the National Youth Skills Training Institute (IKBN) with a certification of completion following a successful training stint at MBM’s Apprentice Training Centre (ATC) in Shah Alam.

The graduates, aged 19 to 25 years, underwent a three-month intensive product and systems training which included both theory and practical aspects. During the training programme, the graduates acquired soft skills through their retail experience in a workshop environment as well as training in maintenance repairs, electrical, trouble-shooting and other relevant topics.

“It is fulfilling to see that within just four months of signing the MoU with the Ministry of Youth And Sports, we have our first batch of graduates. Training and development of youth is important to us, and certainly part of the Mercedes-Benz DNA. We hope to continue supporting the advancement of skills of Malaysian youth in whatever way possible,” said MBM president and CEO Claus Weidner.

The programme, which commenced in October 2015, was the result of a year-long discussion and preparation between MBM, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and IKBN. The programme was formalised under a MoU, signed in August 2015. MBM, through ATC, is currently in discussions with IKBN to explore further opportunities in enhancing the programme.

Established over 30 years ago, ATC has to date trained more than 700 apprentices, all of whom have been absorbed into the luxury marque’s nationwide dealership network.