BMW Group Thailand and Chitralada School's vocational programme signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) recently to add the "BMW Service Apprentice Programme" to the curriculum in a move to boost students' knowledge about the car industry.
The partnership aims to bring the German-Thai Dual Education Concept to fruition, to raise the quality of the students’ learning in both theory and practice.
Apprentices will be provided with basic training at the college before they move on to the BMW Training Centre for theory and practical training, and then to authorised BMW dealerships and certified technical shops for on-the-job training and support.
“We initiated this programme in 2012 as a special project designed to enhance automotive knowledge for Thai students on the one hand, and on the other, to support ongoing development of Thailand into a leading automotive centre in the Asean region.” Matthias Pflaz, president of BMW Group Thailand, said in his opening speech.
“We are helping to lay the foundation for a high-skilled entry workforce, ensuring that Thailand’s automotive industry reaches its full potential.”
Chitralada School principal and director Thanphuying Angkab Punyashthiti said: “The signing of the MoU signifies the school’s intention to promote and support the production of quality personnel within the automotive industry [as they enter] into society.
“We believe the market needs more quality personnel within business management and industrial technology.
“We are trying to see what the market needs and how prepared we are. In areas that we are not prepared for, we have to increase work in that sector, especially for vocational studies.”
Chitralada School encompasses all levels of study from kindergarten to college. The school also aims to produce students able to stand on their own feet regardless of educational abilities.