Toyota Indonesia Starts the Project of an Automotive Manufacturing Academy
Karawang - PT. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN) today announced its plan to build an automotive manufacturing academy, namely Toyota Indonesia Academy (TIA). This commitment is highlighted by the inauguration of first phase for academy building by Director General Ministry of Manpower, Khairul Anwar, Director of Ministry of Research, Technology and High Education, Ridwan, Karawang Regent, Cellica Nurrachadiana, TMMIN and Toyota Motor Corporation Management. This academy will be equivalent to Diploma level 1 (D1) educational institutions for graduates of vocational schools (SMK) who want to expand their expertise in the field of automotive manufacturing. With an investment of approximately IDR 70 billion, TIA features a variety of cutting-edge facilities and infrastructure, including a dormitory for students. The operation of TIA is planned to start in 2016 while the second phase of TIA expansion is planned to be completed in 2017. The management of TIA is handled directly by the Toyota Foundation Indonesia (YTI) which was established in March this year.
TIA is a part of Toyota Indonesia commitment to continuously make positive contribution to the Indonesian nation, in line with the spirit of “Toyota Berbagi” (Toyota Sharing) philosophy. Through TIA, Toyota Indonesia strives to support development of skilled and globally competitive human resources (HR) in Indonesia.
"For us, in Toyota Indonesia, high quality human resources are the key to improve the competitiveness of automotive industry in particular and Indonesia in general in the face of regional and global integration such as the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). The underlying thought to establish the TIA is to support the Indonesian government's efforts in building highly skilled human resources in manufacturing," said Vice President Director of PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN), Warih Andang Tjahjono.
In a 1 ha campus located in the area of plant TMMIN Plant 3 West Karawang, West Java; TIA will combine the basic curriculum, technical expertise, and industrial character in classes. With emphasis on the balance between theory and practical, it will combine the strengths and expertise of local educational institutions, Toyota Indonesia, and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) of Japan.
In the initial phase, TIA will invite 32 male and female students coming from across Indonesia. The students will not be charged on education fee and living cost with the hope that by eliminating economic background consideration, TIA can attract the best students to develop their automotive manufacturing expertise. In the next development, TIA targets around 100 – 150 students per year consequently it is expected to create at least 1,000 persons skilled graduates to be absorbed in automotive industry company and its value chain in next 10 years.
"We want to be able to develop vocational school graduates by giving and imparting manufacturing knowledge and character in the automotive sector so that they can excel and become leaders in the workplace. To achieve these objectives, we will do our best to ensure that TIA will be equipped with good curriculum, teachers, and world-class equipment including industrial robots. We hope that TIA will be one solution for the broader link & match program in Indonesia, bridging the gap between vocational school graduates with industry needs," said Director of Administration TMMIN, Bob Azam.
TIA is the latest human resource development activities conducted Toyota Indonesia. During the past 3 years, in addition to a variety of regular training and skill contest at domestic, regional, and global level, Toyota Indonesia, which consist of TMMIN and PT Toyota-Astra Motor (TAM), has also developed and runs two education and training centers namely, the Toyota Learning Center (TLC) and the Toyota Technical Center (TTC). These facilities are intended to further support the improvement of skills, knowledge and abilities of Toyota Indonesia employees, and can be used by Toyota suppliers and vocational schools around Toyota Indonesia premises.
Toyota Indonesia is also active in Corporate Social Responsibility activities in the field of education. In 1974, Toyota Indonesia established Toyota and Astra Foundation with the aim to support the development of Indonesian human resources through the distribution of scholarships and donation of learning tools in schools. More than 89,000 students from elementary to college students throughout Indonesia have received scholarships from Toyota and Astra Foundation.
In addition, Toyota Indonesia donated a series of vehicles, engines, and components to Vocational schools and Universities across Indonesia. Last year, Toyota Indonesia granted "Lean Manufacturing Production" laboratory to the Faculty of Engineering, University of Indonesia to be used by student to design a manufacturing facility based on Toyota Production System (Toyota Production System / TPS).
"It is our duty as part of Indonesian society to play an active role in the development of human resources as an integral part in achieving a strong and developed nation," said Director of Corporate and External Relations TMMIN, I Made Dana Tangkas.
Toyota's commitment to develop human resources Indonesia is in accordance with the spirit of "We build people before we build products", a spirit that always reverberate in Toyota, including in Indonesia. It is born from the value of "Respect for People" which is one of the pillars in Toyota Way and serves as guidelines for Toyota in the development of human resources. ***
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