Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) yesterday celebrated the graduation of the 11th batch of its Apprentice Training Centre‘s Automotive Mechatronic training programme.

“As Mercedes-Benz celebrates our 130 Years of Innovation, we are very proud to witness these young talents who will continue the tradition of providing the ‘Best or Nothing’ experience to our customers. These graduates form the backbone of our network. We are confident that they will continue to ensure that customers have the very best experience each and every time they come in contact with the brand,” MBM president and CEO Dr Claus Weidner said n his keynote address.

Following three years of training, the ATC graduates are now qualified to provide after sales services to Mercedes-Benz customers, and will be assigned to MBM’s nationwide dealer network.

At the ceremony, 25 graduates received three certifications; Mercedes-Benz Automotive Mechatronic Training Certificate; Mercedes-Benz Qualified Maintenance Technician Certificate; and the National Dual Training System (NDTS) Certificate, which is equivalent to Malaysia Skills Certificate Level 3, recognised by the Department of Skills Development under the Ministry of Human Resources.

The Class of 2016 best student award was presented to Mohd Farhan Bin Mokhtar. “I am truly grateful to MBM for this career opportunity, and to our trainers for their dedication and guidance. I am looking forward to starting my career in the automotive industry, and intend to practise all that I have learnt during the Apprentice Training Programme to advance my career,” said the 24-year old from Alor Setar.

Over the last 13 years, MBM has invested more than RM30 million in developing the 55,000 sq ft ATC, located at Glenmarie, Shah Alam. The company also invests RM3 million annually for the implementation of the training programme. To date, 778 apprentices have graduated from the initiative.