Seven students from the School of Skills in Setia Alam learnt recently that there is nothing like hands-on experience when it comes to their chosen field, when WD-40®, organised a project that challenged them about their knowledge of real-life vehicle maintenance and refurbishment works, to educate them on what works and what doesn’t.
Starting with a one-day workshop to introduce the students to the technicalities involved and the range of WD-40®, products that can be of use in the project, the seven, who are undergoing an advanced diploma course on automotive diagnostics technology at SOS, then got to apply the knowledge gained, together with equipment and products provided by WD-40®, to restore an old van to its full functionality again.
The three-month project that ran from June to August was completed successfully on Aug 30, and the restored van is now being used by SOS for the school’s activities.
The seven students who took part in the project, namely Manoo a/l K Thiruchelvam, Kugan a/l Dore Raj, Tamilvarman a/l Vijayan, Poa Wei Jie, Tan Jie Sheng, Chow Wey Liang and Muhamad Hafizi Hamzah, enthused that the experience was a wonderful learning opportunity.
“Being involved in this project has vastly helped in increasing our knowledge about vehicles and its restoration. Therefore, I would like to extend mine and my schoolmates’ heartfelt gratitude to WD-40®, and the School of Skills for creating this learning opportunity for students who are eager to learn,” Manoo said.
Poa was equally appreciative of the experience. “One important thing I learnt was how the use of good tools really help. And how there are just the right products that can turn a tedious process into a faster and easier one. We have learnt to work smarter,” Poa shared with a laugh.
To SOS chief executive Mr Ken Foo, it was heartening to see the private sector willing to collaborate with the school to impart practical knowledge to the young. “On behalf of the
School of skills, a great many thanks to our sponsor of this project, WD-40®, for giving an opportunity to a group of our institution’s hopeful youths ton make this project a success,” he said.
Mr Marcus Chen, WD-40®, Regional Director for Asia, said the company was happy to engage with the students to share how WD-40®’s range of products can be of use in their future careers.
“We are glad to have been a part of the students’ learning process in the past three months. We hope that the skills and knowledge they have gained will stand them in good stead in the future. Ultimately, the world is ‘running’ faster — everybody wants things done faster, and more effectively. So businesses, service providers — in fact, everybody — have to keep up with the pace. And in this instance, having the right tools and products that can help in our work is of the utmost importance. This is why WD-40®, has long been a ‘trusted partner’ to any who engage in the professional trade,” Chen added.