Bosch Vietnam is to invest in expanding its manufacturing and developing local human resources.

“In today’s context, mechatronics is an essential discipline that is applied to almost every technical product across a multitude of industries,” Mr. Vo Quang Hue, Managing Director of Bosch Vietnam, told a signing ceremony for a Training Cooperation Contract between Bosch Vietnam, the Lilama 2 Technical and Technology College, and German Industry and Commerce in Vietnam (GIC/AHK Vietnam) on June 2. “Introducing this new field is an effort from Bosch to help Vietnam build a highly-skilled technical workforce and improve the employability of our apprentices after they graduate.”

Bosch is also continuously expanding its activities in the country. The Bosch Technical Industrial Apprenticeship (TGA) training center will officially begin to offer mechatronics as a new discipline to its vocational training curricula in Vietnam in June.

It has spent $150,000 on the mechatronics discipline, with the sum invested into vocational training in the country bringing the total spent to $1 million since the program began in 2013.

Admission to both industrial mechanics and mechatronics for the 2016-2017 school year is now open, with an annual intake of 12 apprentices per discipline. The Bosch TGA is one of the first partnerships under the dual-vocation training framework of the GIC/AHK Vietnam.

The program does not charge apprentices any tuition fees and offers a monthly allowance throughout the duration of the apprenticeship with Bosch.

This year the company plans to invest a further $22 million into its gasoline systems plant in Dong Nai for continuously variable transmission pushbelts. By the end of this year Bosch will have completed an investment of $340 million over the last five years to increase capacity and meet growing global demand for this technology.