On Friday December 4th, TOC- The Automotive College in Malaysia opened its doors to celebrate 12 years of industry partnership and to say thank you to its valued partners and friends. The evening was themed as a true Celebration of Partnership – past, present and future and central to this was the students, who connect TOC to the industry partners.

TOC founder and Chief Executive Adelaine Foo in her speech reflected: “Every year when the students graduate there is tremendous pride, not only from the management to see how they have grown and flourished, but the pride within the students themselves, enriched with the knowledge and the belief that they can be the best professionals they could be in their field.”

TOC 20151204_200719 - Copy copyThe next challenge facing the industry is to gain recognition in the value of the technician, in their skill, their expertise and their professionalism, because there is a perception that vocational training is not as important or as rewarding as the standard higher-level of education.

For 12 years TOC has been at the forefront of changing these perceptions and the students have been proving that dedication, a thirst for learning and professional application can lead to a highly rewarding and long lasting career in the automotive industry.

Employers in the automotive industry are always looking for young people with practical experience, and technicians are expected ‘to hit the ground running’ and make an immediate and valuable contribution to the business. This can be seen in the highly competitive motorsport industry and this year TOC has entered into partnerships with Caterham Motorsport and Zen Low of Aylezo Motorsport.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith Caterham, the students have the opportunity to help run the racing cars in their championship. The students are all willing volunteers and come from both the motorsport and automotive disciplines. Motorsport is all about passion, adrenaline, precision and teamwork, working to strict deadlines and the students have grown in confidence, initiative and the ability to work as a team, often in stressful conditions. This fits perfectly with the TOC motto; Dream, Believe, Inspire – it really is when passion becomes profession.

Guests had the opportunity to tour the TOC facilities to see how the students are taught and some of the technology partnerships in operation, which can be customised to particular needs. The ethos is all about partnership, working together, nurturing and developing young talents to produce technicians who are a perfect fit for the automotive industry.

As Adelaine Foo stressed in the closing remarks in her speech, “It is important to change the perception of automotive technicians, to make it aspirational and provide the foundation for the students to develop into highly skilled professionals who are a credit to their automotive employers.”

Ben Potter

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