ITE College West in Singapore was recently the venue for a special edition of Scania Top Team competition aimed at future service technicians. Such events are aimed at attracting more of these valuable professionals to the automotive industry.
Service-technicians are very much in demand in Singapore. The tight governmental restrictions on hiring foreign staff pose a challenge to employers and limit the scope for recruitment. Since the school offers an education programme in automotive studies, this was a perfect opportunity for Scania to raise the profile of service-technician as a career.
As a part of a long-term strategy to entice future candidates into a career as a service-technician, Scania worked alongside ITE College West and held its premier event at the school. The students had the opportunity to take part in a school edition of the Scania Top Team competition, creating widespread interest and a sense of team spirit among the competitors.
The competition comprises challenges in the areas of transmission, engine, electronics and theory. The response was very positive among all who attended, including first year students, lecturers of automotive studies and parents. Those who attended saw how automotive skills are in high demand and how Scania can offer service-technicians a bright future in the company.
Plans to repeat the activity
“The Scania Top Team school edition was probably the best outreach that we have done as we have created awareness and interest among the students,” says Esther Lim, Human Resources Manager for Scania in Singapore.
The event is intended to be the first of many, with plans to repeat the activities on an annual basis. And needless to say the school is more than happy to cooperate with a potential recruiter of their automotive graduates.