Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) celebrated the graduation of the first Hyundai Dream Centre Philippines (HDC) batch of scholars. HARI, together with its partners, Plan International and Hyundai Motor Company (HMC), acknowledge its 45 graduates at the Hyundai Logistics Center in Calamba, Laguna.
HARI inaugurated the HDCP in April 2018, a month after the company announced that a ‘world-class’ training hub is to be opened in the country. The HDCP is a TESDA-certified scholarship program that trains young Filipinos in the field of automotive repair and maintenance.
“Today we celebrate something very special, the fulfillment of our shared vision for the Dream Centre Philippines: Inspiring Dreams, Empowering Abilities. Forty-five young people—thirty-eight men and seven women—will soon fulfill their own dreams and begin careers as People of Hyundai.”
HDCP is the first Dream Centre established in partnership with a local distributor. It aims to equip young Filipinos with the latest skills and technology in the industry, especially those being developed by Hyundai. One of its goals is to further strengthen the brand’s after-sales service, which also ranked second in the J.D. Power Philippines Customer Service Index in 2017. Other Dream Centres prior to this are found in Ghana, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
The first batch of scholars began their training on July of 2018, and eight of them are females. Three TESDA-certified courses were offered, aimed to expound the scholars’ skills in proper equipment handling, safety procedures, and Hyundai’s technology, with a bonus of honing them with best practices in the workplace.
Three individuals out of the 45 scholars were recognized for their outstanding performance in written and practical exams as well as their conduct. These were the top-notchers Dominic Lorenzo Paunilian, Montemar E. Joson, and Eric Jayson Comico. They, along with the rest of the batch, will be a part of Hyundai’s After-Sales teams at selected dealerships, taking up positions like General Job and Preventive Maintenance Technicians.
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