Sime Darby Motors Partners TOC Automotive College
To Unlock Upskilling Opportunities for Local EV Technicians
Sime Darby Motors and TOC Automotive College commemorating the partnership to provide upskilling opportunities for Electric Vehicle technicians
[From left to right] Alan Scott Gascoyne, Head – After Sales, Retail and Distribution Malaysia, Sime Darby Motors; Keshmahinder Singh A/L Arjan Singh, Head – Human Resource, Malaysia, Sime Darby Motors; Jeffrey Gan, Managing Director – Retail and Distribution Malaysia, Sime Darby Motors; Alfred Foo Loke Shyan, Chief Operating Officer – TOC Automotive College; Dato' Iqmal Shafiq bin Mohd Haniff, Executive Director – TOC Automotive College

PETALING JAYA, March 17, 2022 – Sime Darby Motors (SDM) has teamed up with TOC Automotive College to establish programmes to continuously upskill Electric Vehicles (EV) technicians servicing global automotive brands represented under SDM. This is part of Sime Darby Motors’ efforts to unlock opportunities for local talent in the automotive sector.

Through this partnership, training by TOC Automotive College will supplement EV service and maintenance training received from SDM’s brand principals, including BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini and Volvo. This will ensure continuous education and exposure to the latest in technologies and world-class practices for all SDM’s EV technicians.

“Our technicians have already acquired a strong knowledge base and hands-on experience from the training provided by our world-class principals. This partnership with TOC aims to offer enhanced learning opportunities to cultivate a strong pool of highly capable technicians equipped with up to date skills and knowledge, especially given the growing demand for EVs in Malaysia. This will also contribute to the Government’s efforts to build a competent and skilled talent pool, in support of the nation’s economic growth and development,” said Jeffrey Gan, Managing Director, Retail and Distribution, Sime Darby Motors.

TOC Automotive College is a pioneer in professional automotive education and offers top-notch quality education which is globally recognised and accredited, making the institution an ideal education partner for SDM.

Dato’ Iqmal Shafiq, Executive Director of TOC Automotive College, added, “We are pleased to join hands with SDM on this important endeavour. By elevating the skills of EV technicians for global automotive brands, this will indeed open the door to greater opportunities for Malaysian talent. Paving the way for the future of the automotive industry in Malaysia, we look forward to imparting our expertise to continue nurturing the capabilities of automotive professionals towards global standards.”

The first batch of participants comprises 20 technicians enrolled for a three-month programme that starts in May 2022. Key modules include the principles and concepts behind electrification and hybridisation, safety and systems operations, as well as practical activities such as diagnostics, testing and repair works.

The continuous training programme is a crucial part of SDM’s roadmap and investment into the development of an Electric Vehicle ecosystem to support plans to distribute and retail greener technology products.

About Sime Darby Motors
Sime Darby Motors is one of the leading automotive groups in Asia Pacific, representing luxury brand such as BMW, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar, Land Rover and Porsche to broad appeal market brands including Ford and Hyundai, as well as commercial vehicles. Sime Darby Motors is actively involved in all facets of the automotive business – from importation and assembly, to distribution, retail and rental. Its retail operations feature some of the best and latest state-of-the-art facilities in the region. In Malaysia, Sime Darby Motors operates 27 dealerships representing the BMW, MINI, Hyundai, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, Volvo and Auto Selection brands.

List of Sime Darby Motors Owned Branches:
1. Auto Bavaria – BMW / MINI / Motorrad
2. Auto ConneXion – Ford
3. Jaguar Land Rover Ara Damansara – Jaguar Land Rover
4. Auto Hyundai - Hyundai
5. Auto Performance - Porsche
6. Auto Selection – Pre-Owned Cars
7. Swedish Auto – Volvo

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About TOC Automotive College
Established in 2004, TOC automotive college is the pioneer in professional automotive education that guarantees job placements after graduation. With global connections with renowned partners from universities up to education technologies, TOC aims to provide the best learning experience in automotive and motorsports by offering Certificate and Diploma programmes approved by the Malaysian government as well as a diploma from the UK.

For more information on TOC, visit

TOC Automotive College
Nor Shahidah Abdullah
+60 18-288 8418

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