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DIMO Automobile Training School (DATS) Graduation


The graduation ceremony of the DATS was held at the Cinnamon Lakeside on 28th May 2012. This included graduation of students from both Colombo and Jaffna training schools. The guest of honour was Her Excellency Ms. Marja Einig (Chargé d’ Affaires – Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany). Mercedes-Benz was represented by Mr. Bernd Weisschuh (Manager, Vocational Policies and Workforce Development in Stuttgart).

Standing fourth from left: Mr. Donald De Silva, Mr. Bernd Weisschuh, Her Excellency Marja Einig, Mr. Ranjith Pandithage, Mr. Gahanath Pandithage and the graduating students of Colombo DATS.

DIMO was represented by Mr. Ranjith Pandithage (Chairman and Managing Director), Mr. Gahanath Pandithage (CEO), Mr. Donald De Silva (Head of DATS), the board of directors and the general management committee of DIMO. Parents and well wishers of the students who graduated were also present at the occasion.

DATS is a state-of-the-art automobile training school managed by Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) under the guidance of Daimler AG, Germany. It is a one-of-a-kind privately owned institute where the curriculum is set by Mercedes-Benz and the students are exposed to the most modern automobile technologies in the world.

DATS offers students a professional learning atmosphere with industry standard equipment and qualified lecturers, which provides budding automotive enthusiasts the perfect foundation for an aspiring career in the field of automotive engineering.
DATS is located at Siyambalape where the commercial vehicle and construction machinery service facility of DIMO is located. DATS started in 1990 and undertakes 16 trainees per batch, to undergo a two-year training course; absolutely free. With a history of more than 2 decades behind them, DATS has produced 230 graduates. The training school staff comprises of 6 lecturers, including the principal.

DATS training facilities include latest E-Class and B-Class cars for practical study and an e-learning center. This project is considered as a CSR initiative by DIMO, where talented young men and women are given the opportunity to follow the advanced studies in automobile engineering – absolutely free.

DIMO created history by being the first automobile company to establish itself in Jaffna following the ending of the separatist war, and became the only company to setup a training school in post-war Jaffna in 2010. This was developed as an extension of the Colombo DATS School. Sixteen Tamil youth were selected from Jaffna for this training, some who were directly exposed to the war. The first batch of Jaffna DATS passed out at the graduation ceremony at Cinnamon Lakeside. Jaffna DATS School has 3 lecturers, including the principal.

These training courses are registered with TVEC and are recognized as NVQ Level 4. Successful students receive a DIMO Mercedes-Benz certificate at the end of each course, recognized by all leading automobile related organizations.

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