Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC, the pre eminent marketer of Caltex, Havoline and Delo brands in Sri Lanka launched a scholarship programme in “Automobile Engineering”. The course will be conducted through the Ceylon German Tech Training Institute (CGTTI) in Moratuwa. The main focus and purpose of the programme is to develop and strengthen the competencies of garage motor mechanics, technicians and service station crew, thereby uplifting the standards in the automobile industry.
Under the banner ‘Caltex Knowledge Drive’, this scholarship programme has been specially designed by Chevron to enhance the knowledge and skill of all technical servicemen who otherwise would not have the financial support and opportunity to invest in such technical skill training.
“The company decided to offer a specially designed scholarship in the view of not only developing the industry workforce, but also promoting an equal learning opportunity by extending the scholarship to candidates across the country” commented Mr.Kishu Gomes, MD & CEO of Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC.
“We sincerely hope that through Chevron’s initiative to spearhead a project of this nature, the other industry players would also follow in our quest to promote sustainable learning through similar projects. We strongly believe that scholarship programmes of this scope and depth will help boost the performance and preparedness of our local industry, thereby uplifting the standard in service technology and delivery” he continued.
Comprising technical and practical sessions, the course will incorporate the latest technological advancements and know-how, lectured by subject matter experts, with key note addresses made by successful industry personalities.
As an added feature, the course will also include a special exposure tour to a Caltex OEM (Original Engine Manufacturer) partner. The OEM identified by Caltex for this purpose is one of the largest fleet operators in the country. Aspects such as the use of technical equipment for vehicle diagnostics in the repair and servicing of vehicles will also be covered in the tour.
“Belonging to a global industry, the automobile sector needs to be shaped and re-shaped on a continuous basis, benchmarking regional and international markets on service quality, technology and overall performance. One way of doing this is by acquiring up-to-date insight and exposure on how such units operate” said Mr. Gomes.
The ‘Caltex Knowledge Drive’ initiative is synonymous with Chevron’s commitment to promote sustainable learning and development in the industry and country.
“The scholarship programme comes as a timely opportunity for garage & service station staff to take the industry forward. We are confident that this course will help equip these personnel with the required knowledge and skill, thereby cultivating and promoting knowledge-workers who will be able to competently adapt and adopt the latest service technology advancements and trends” commented Mr.Gamini Manchanayake, Director/Principal, Ceylon German Tech Training Institute.
The ‘Caltex Knowledge Drive’ scholarship programme, amongst several other social responsibility projects carried out by Chevron, is driven largely by a commitment to socio-economic development, based on research that considers the medical, social, economic, and cultural dynamics shaping the future of Sri Lanka. A similar educational campaign launched by the company in October was ‘Water & Life’; a national project focused on promoting Sri Lanka’s natural water source preservation and its effects on sustainable growth.
According to the organisation, community partnerships and being socially responsible are fundamental to the broader success of the business as they assist in ways that help stimulate economic growth and enable communities to prosper.