Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) also launched the new Mercedes-Benz Training Academy during the unveiling of its new headquarters, which has been expanded to meet the overwhelming response for its training programmes.

Now capable of accommodating over 2,000 training days per year, the training centre serves to develop and supply well-trained, skilled technicians, sales personnel, service advisors and other retail job profiles to meet the growing demands of the automotive industry and the Mercedes-Benz dealer network.

Within its 65,000 square feet space, there is a fully operational workshop where students are able to train within simulated real-world situations, as well as state-of-the-art training rooms that are built and equipped according to the latest Daimler AG Global Training standard.

These include a High Voltage Hybrid Room, where trainees are familiarised with the hybrid systems of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, along with a chassis room, drivetrain room and many others, including soft skills training areas.

A particular room of interest is the AMA Vehicle Electrical Simulation Room, which houses a electrical boards that are custom made by apprentices, each representing a RM100,000 investment. The W205 C-Class electrical board you see below, which accommodates most of the car’s electrical systems, is the first in Southeast Asia.

Those training to become a Passenger Car Technician will be able to fully experience all repair and diagnosis routines relating to current series production Mercedes-Benz passenger and commercial vehicles.

Under the stewardship of Daimler-certified trainers, they will be able to develop their vehicle diagnostic and fault-finding skills that will be applied during their career at Mercedes authorised dealerships nationwide.

The training programme is accredited by Global Training, Stuttgart as well as City & Guilds and the Malaysian Department of Skills and Development (JPK-Level 3). For 2017, MBM plans to increase the number of intakes from 28 to 60 apprentices.