During August, 14 young men in training at the Peuan Mit mechanics garage in Vientiane, Lao PDR, went on a study trip to a large Kolao workshop. Kolao is a Korean brand of motorcycle extremely popular in Laos. They were accompanied by their teacher and the mechanics team leader.
The purpose of the trip was for the students to understand how a very large garage works. The Peuan Mit workshop is small and mainly orientated towards training young students, so trips like these are very useful as it helps students understand how a company which is not a social business, with many employees and many clients, functions every day.
After they graduate from the Peuan Mit garage the students can move on to a small mechanics workshop or to larger structures such as Kolao. Many choose to open their own small garage which does have risks, but also allows them more flexibility.
The manager of the Kolao workshop explained about his garage to the very serious and attentive students, then two mechanics demonstrated the kind of work they do on motorbikes.
The students spent over two hours at the garage, mostly learning about business management techniques and receiving a realistic impression of what it would be like to work in such an environment. Many of the students later said they hoped to get a job like this after graduation.