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Ford Australia Work Experience Opportunity for Young Automotive Designers in Victoria

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VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA – May 7, 2013: If you love cars, design and are a secondary level student in Victoria, you could soon be working in Ford’s Design Centre.

Ford Australia has announced it is offering two weeks work experience to two ‘high potential’ young designers. In partnership with VACC, the secondary students will be selected from entrants to the VACC Automotive Design Awards.

Ford’s Director of Design, Joel Piaskowski, said it was very rare for anyone, including students, to be allowed into the design studio. “Our facilities are not open to the public so it’s a great opportunity for the winners to see behind the design curtain,” Mr Piaskowski said.

“The students would get to actively participate in real-world automotive design activities, including exposure to the latest in digital design technology and state of the art clay modelling facilities. There simply isn’t a better hands-on experience for anyone interested in a career in automotive design,” Ford’s Government Affairs Director, Ian Mearns, said.

The VACC Automotive Design Awards is an annual automotive design competition for secondary and tertiary students in Victoria. Students enter three categories; design, model and essay and are challenged to design the vehicles of tomorrow. The winners, and their school or university, receive an Award and prize money at a ceremony at Federation Square on 20 June 2013. Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall, will present the Awards.

“Ford Australia’s generous offer supports skills, training and employment opportunities – a perfect fit for the VACC Automotive Design Awards, which is an education and careers program. We urge secondary students in Victoria to jump at this chance,” VACC Executive Director, David Purchase, said.

To be considered for Ford Australia’s two week work experience you must be a secondary level Victorian student entry in the VACC Automotive Design Awards. Deadline for entries is 17 May 2013. Students must have written permission from their parent/guardian and school principal. For details, visit