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Apprentice to fit the part

Monday, 17th December, 2018

Manager of Formula Parts and Services, Mark Andrews. PICTURE: Callum Marshall Manager of Formula Parts and Services, Mark Andrews. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

By Callum Marshall

Another local apprenticeship is available, for those who’ve just finished school, with Formula Parts and Services looking for an Apprentice Parts Interpreter.

Manager of Formula Parts and Services, Mark Andrews, said the position would give the successful applicant a sound knowledge of a broad range of issues.

“They’ve got to learn electrical bearings, belts, oil, spare parts as well as automotive, suspension and trailer parts,” said Mr Andrews.

“We fit all that on-site, so if I come from out back and go ‘I need this part for here’, they’ve got to be able to find it.

“Also, when customers come in and say ‘I want this’ you’ve got to be able to identify the part they’re looking for and ask the right questions.

“We sell ten thousand products and while you’re not going to know all of them you will need to have a basic understanding of what they do. 

“We also do suspension, so whoever gets the job will have to get across that as well as the safety aspect of cars such as brake pads. 

“So it’s much the same as any automotive shop, just more of the industrial side of it. 

“But we still sell automotive seals, drive-shafts and all that. So along the way they’ll acquire a pretty good knowledge of the equipment.

“Also, whoever gets the job will also be sent down to CBC Bearing Company in Adelaide for training. They’re one of the biggest bearing companies in Australia.”

Mr Andrews said the apprenticeship would set them up well for furthering themselves within the business.

“Our last apprentice has been here for two-and-a-half years and he’s virtually running the show now,” he said.

“He’s just come on in leaps and bounds. He went from a kid who’d left school and was working at Woolworths to starting out here, learning on the job, and has now grown. 

“His knowledge of people and the way he talks to them has developed a long way. It’s built his personality, character and given him a bit of resilience as well.”

While there’d only been a few applicants so far, Mr Andrews hoped more will have applied by the time interviews are conducted at the end of January.

“There’s a lot of apprenticeships in town but it seems to be the world wants to go down the path of university, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but not everyone’s a Rhodes Scholar. 

“I know a lot of tradies that went to university, didn’t like it and then did a trade and they’re doing really well now.

“The job’s open to everyone as well, male and female. It’s not just a male-orientated job.”

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