The final round of the Proton After Sales Service Competition 2018 has ended, with the ranked winners earning themselves prizes and a visit to Geely headquarters in China. The Proton After Sales Service Competition is a platform to test and showcase the skills of the technicians and mechanics from various Proton branches and dealers. It started with 189 contestants nationwide and the top three finalists from each region competed in the final round at the Centre for Instructor and Advanced Skill Training (CIAST) in Shah Alam.
“This competition is part of our continuous effort to enhance the skills of our technicians to serve our customers better and also to reward those who show exceptional ability. Winners will be given the opportunity to visit Geely Holdings Headquarters and Geely Research Institute in China. The trip will be an eye opener for our local technicians as they will be able to observe the full breadth of capabilities at Geely from designing to the development of a complete vehicle,” said Dr. Li Chunrong, Chief Executive Officer of Proton.
This After Sales Service Competition is one of Proton’s ongoing initiatives for quality enhancement to ensure its branches and outlets are ready for the launch of new Proton X70 SUV. “With the launch of Proton X70 by the end of the year, we have to make sure our after sales service personnel are well-trained and capable to handle the new model and meet the demands of our customers,” added Dr. Li.
“The quality of products and services are equally important to ensure customer satisfaction, which is why we need a high level of customer service to retain existing customers while at the same time attracting new ones. We are enhancing our services through a holistic approach to ensure our outlets, people and products are meeting the standards we set,” he continued.
The closing ceremony was graced by YB Dato’ Haji Mahfuz bin Haji Omar, Deputy Minister of Human Resources cum Chairman of Malaysia Skill Competition Council.
Proton has been proactively involved in skills competitions since 2003 and plays an active role in developing young local talents for the Malaysian automotive industry. Besides this After Sales Skills Competition, CIAST also hosted three other competitions i.e. the World Skill Malaysia Belia, Proton Skills Competition and Open Category Skills Competition. Proton is one of the strategic partners that collaborates with Skills Malaysia and the Department of Skills Development (JPK) to develop a skilled workforce. These competitions are supported by the Ministry of Human Resources.
World Skills Malaysia Belia is organised annually to provide the right training skills to youths and promote the best in innovation at the national level. It also provides them with an avenue to compete at the ASEAN Skills Competition and World Skills Competition. This competition is open to youths aged 21 years and below.
Meanwhile, the Proton Skills Competition is open only to technicians and mechanics from Proton Edar Service Centres and overseas Proton distributors. As for the Open Category Skills Competition, participation is open to instructors from vocational and technical institutions, as well as technicians and mechanics from workshops across the country, without no age limit.