PRETORIA, South Africa — Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) held its annual Ford Career Day (FCD) on 19 September. FCD is a career information initiative targeted at Grade 11 and 12 pupils who wish to obtain information regarding the various career opportunities available to them in the motor industry.
“With the Ford Careers Day we aim to help young South Africans make their tertiary education application process that much easier by giving students valuable insights into the numerous opportunities available to them,” says FMCSA president and CEO, Jeff Nemeth.
The project saw more than 70 students spending the day at the Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria. Those in attendance were presented with practical information on different career paths offered within the automotive industry, encompassing a diverse range of specialist fields, including Marketing, Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Legal and Government Affairs, Purchasing, Customer Services, Product Development and more.
Various tertiary institutions were also invited to attend and provided information on available study opportunities and entry requirements in their fields of interest.
“I had fun learning about the different opportunities; we got to speak to the people that know first-hand about the careers that we would like to get involved in. Marketing and Finance are definitely on the top of my list. I also hope to work for a company like Ford in the future,” commented one of the students in attendance Refilwe Nxumalo.
Ford’s Driving Skills For Life instructors were also on hand and offered valuable advice to the young students as they prepare to take to the roads in the future.
"We at Ford are committed to investing in the future of young people in South Africa. The Career Day programme is evidence of FMCSA’s aim to invest in the development of skilled talent in South Africa,” added Nemeth.
“Education is the cornerstone of our society. We are in critical need of young talented resources in the engineering and manufacturing sectors and we hope to see many of these young people join the Ford family in the future.” “I really enjoyed the Ford plant tour, it was amazing! To see a vehicle being built was insightful. Everyone was extremely passionate about what they do. I would also like to be a graduate one day and have the opportunity to tell others my story the way the Ford employees did today.,” added Cehvon Esbie.