Tom was interviewed in May 2016.
At 18, Tom is one of the youngest members of the Southdowns Service Centre staff. We asked him about his job and his plans for the future.
Q How long have you been at Southdowns and what were you doing before you
joined the company?
A Ive been at Southdowns for a year. My Dad was working at the company at the time and I started as a valeter in May 2015. Ive been working in the parts department since November last year and before that I was at college.
Q What does your job involve?
A I book in the parts as they are delivered, create orders and file them on the computer system. Im good at IT so thats quite straightforward. I also have to understand what the parts do – and thats a bit more complicated! I work very closely with the workshop staff so theyve really helped me get to grips with everything.
Q After a year at the company, whats the best thing about working at
A Were quite a close-knit team. Everyones friendly and we all get on well. That makes work a lot more enjoyable.
Q Do you have a personal interest in motorhomes or camping?
A Ive never spent any time in a motorhome but I have been on camping holidays in the past. I enjoy what I do but long-term Ive got other ambitions.
Q where do you see yourself in five years time?
A In the future, Id like to join the RAF so that I can travel and get the chance to experience things that you wouldnt do at home. Ive been told I need more leadership experience before I can apply. Im quite sporty but even to get involved in local teams as a sports leader you need to be 21, so Mark Derbyshire (the Southdowns Parts Manager) and Andy Bottle (the Workshop Manager) have both offered to let me lead a project or two here. We havent decided exactly what they will be yet but Im excited to be given the chance to do something on my own.
Tom lives in Waterlooville with his family. He was interviewed in May 2016.