February 25, 2018, 10:12 am
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Suzuki, Dualtech partner for holistic mechanic training

SUZUKI Philippines Inc. (SPI) recognizes that for workers to become valuable and productive company assets means inculcating skill, creativity and a sense of involvement.

SPI continues to provide local employment opportunities as part of its social responsibility campaigns through the Suzuki Foundation Inc. and its Suzuki Helps, Aids and Rebuilds (SHARE) program. The program runs side by side with Dualtech Center to develop a holistic human resource base from which the company upgrades its own base of workers.

Dualtech Center is a project of Dualtech Training Foundation Inc. (DTFI) and is a private vocational school that pioneered in adapting the German Dual Training System in the Philippines. It aims to help alleviate the widespread poverty in the country by offering a 24-month course focusing on holistic development of students centered on technical skills, work attitude and personal discipline. The lessons are taught from both the classroom and the factory floor. 

Suzuki is one of Dualtech’s partner companies that provide the students with in-plant training. The partnership started in 2012 when the Japanese giant moved its motorcycle manufacturing plant in Canlubang, Laguna where the Dualtech Center is located. The deployment of dual trainees in Suzuki after their 6-month training at school provided a venue for them to learn-by-doing with working opportunities in an actual plant environment with compensation. 

“Suzuki shares Dualtech’s goals in lessening poverty through dual-training. It has been working really well for both of us because we have produced very reliable and highly skilled employees and we can attest to that. And it is certain that Suzuki will continue to be a partner of Dualtech in the years to come,” SPI’s Managing Director Norminio Mojica said during an interview. Mojica is also Suzuki Foundation Inc.’s President.

This set-up is also beneficial for Suzuki as it helps the company to solve the skills mismatch thru the development of homegrown talent or skilled trainees who have the potential to be absorbed as full time employees.  Eventually these well-trained personnel become company supervisors and managers. To date, Suzuki has already accommodated around 150 in-plant trainees; more than 10 percent of them were taken in as regular employees.

Other than providing a venue for in-plant training, Suzuki is also extending aid for the Center’s various needs. The most recent is the establishment of its cafeteria so that students can dine in a more conducive environment.

The ceremonial turnover of the donation was held during Dualtech Center’s celebration of its 35th Founding Anniversary at the Partners’ Recognition Day last October. Accepting the turnover was Dualtech Center’s President Arnolfo Morfe, and Dualtech Corporate Secretary Marvin Adolfo. Norminio Mojica and Human Resources Department Head Atty. Joselito Calivoso Jr. represented SPI.

“We are always and forever grateful with our partners for without them Dualtech will not be where it is today. For the past 35 years, we have been striving and are continuously working hard to develop quality-trained, skilled, productive, enlightened and morally upright persons who are potential leaders to fulfill the needs of industry and the community. Suzuki Philippines has been a great venue for our students to be trained and we are more than happy that some of our graduates are already part of the Suzuki Family,” Dualtech Center’s President Arnolfo Morfe expressed during the turnover.  (GEB)
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