1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
While I was completing work experience at Ford, I served as a mechanical repairer. This included: changing oil, replacing manifolds and manifold gaskets, replacing brake pads, replacing brake fluid, repairing air conditioners and checking air pressure of the tyres.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I learnt many new skills while i was on work experience at Ford, I learnt how to change oil, check existing brake pads and replace if necessary, how to replace brake fluid, how to fix air conditioners, and how to install new manifold gaskets.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoyed the program at Ford, I somewhat enjoyed the atmosphere and the people I was working with throughout the day were great to work with.
4. How valued do you feel by Ford?
I don't feel valued much at all by Ford, because there were so many other people there doing so much more than I was doing, and the fact that they only paid me $5 each day (8 hours work)
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The program at Ford was mostly organised and structured. As soon as I got there I knew what I was expected to do, and was taught how to do it, both effectively and efficiently. There were some people however who lacked organisational skills and as a result had cluttered work spaces.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I received quite a lot of support from my training instructor/provider. From the first day I got there he showed me what I had to do, and the best ways of going about it. If I did something not quite right, or messed up somewhere, he would just show me where I messed up and show me how to do it properly.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I didn't receive any support from my employer, Ford is quite a large company and I was only hired by one of the reception workers.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Each day I was only paid $5, which wasn't enough to cover the costs of petrol and food I had to buy while working there. But they taught me skills that I would of never of learn if I hadn't gone there.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
No, there weren't any many opportunities outside of work. We would work for a couple of hours, have a short break, then begin working again.
9. Would you recommend Ford to a friend?
The atmosphere in which you work is very loud, the pay is not very good, you get short breaks and are on your feet all day.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Ford?
Try to get to know everyone you work with, make/organise a set timetable of things you need to get done throughout the day, and never forget your lunch!