Representatives from Mitsubishi Hitachi Power System (MHPS)-Philippines Learning and Training Center recently concluded the initial screening of Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) trainees at the TESDA Regional Training Center (RTC) Baguio for potential employees to be absorbed in their company.
According to Engr. David Bungallon, RTC-Baguio administrator, the pioneering partnership was formalized through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed last December. Among others, the MOA provides that MHPS will further train and employ qualified GTAW graduates in Japan. Those who will not be considered for the Japan employment will be employed in the Batangas plant.
“The success of this partnership is very significant not only in the provision of relevant and upgraded skills training that meet industry standards, but also in boosting employment opportunities for our graduates in local and international companies,” said Bungallon.
Moreover, Alexander Bayanes, RTC-Baguio GTAW trainer, noted that the new partnership marked another milestone in the center’s history since it is the first time that the center handled GTAW training. Compared with other welding processes, GTAW is used in welding thinner plates or pipes like stainless steel or aluminum, and can be applied in the fabrication of appliances, machine parts, and railings, among others.
“The partnership with a prestigious company like Mitsubishi presents a huge opportunity for the center and the 28 GTAW trainees, and I am optimistic that the results of the initial screening will be favorable for this batch,” said Bayanes.
Similarly, Reneille Tambic, a GTAW trainee, said that the training program is very helpful as it will enhance their employability and competitiveness.
Accordingly, the three representatives from MHPS headed by Hirome Shimose and Shinichiro Takaya conducted the two-day screening process, which included an orientation on the MHPS group of companies, interviews, and actual welding skills test based on the company’s Welding Procedure Specifications.
Although the initial screening was anticipated, some trainees believed that there was not enough time for them to be prepared, considering the inadequate number of available welding booths.
On the other hand, fellow trainee Brent Napudo said that it is also the trainees’ responsibility to maximize the training and learn as much as they can despite the limitations.
The result of the initial screening will be disclosed after the training ends this March. Those who will be selected may undergo further training at the MHPS training center in Batangas for six months, after which, they will undergo final screening from representatives of MHPS-Japan. Qualified candidates will be deployed to the Japan plant, while those who did not pass may choose to be absorbed as regular employees in the Batangas plant.