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You will hear a manager from an engineering company talking to a group of new trainees. First, you have some time to look at question 1-5. Now listen carefully and answer questions 1-5.
Ah, good morning, everyone. My name's Jeremy Armstrong, and I'm in charge of your training programme here at Coppersmith Engineering, manufacturers of what we like to think are the world's best diesel engines! I'll start by giving you a very brief background to the company.
Right. Now, the founder, John Coppersmith, was born locally in 1910. In 1932, he started making bicycles in a shed at the bottom of his garden. This proved so successful that two years later, he rented a small factory unit and set up Coppersmith Engineering — so we date back to 1934. And since then, we've produced over ten million engines.
As you probably know, the engines we manufacture are not for cars, but for vehicles used in industry and agriculture. In the last few years, we've also made engines that are used to power boats, including police launches and lifeboats.
Another fairly new development is that ten years ago, we set up a joint venture with a Japanese manufacturer and as a result, we're seeing a big rise in turnover while keeping production costs steady.
Of course, this success gives us great confidence in the future, and so we're currently in the middle of a five-year plan to improve the buildings we have here. We've just completed a new test facility, and as you were coming in, you probably noticed the site where we're constructing an office block. At present, our desk-based staff are in several buildings, and they're all due to move into the new one in six months' time.
Oh, and er, just one more point I'd like to mention: our goal has always been to achieve top quality in everything we do, so when we received an award last month from the city council, naming us 'best employer' we were very proud indeed.
Before you hear the rest of what the manager has to say, you have some time to look at questions 6 to 10. Now listen and answer questions 6 to 10.
OK, now I'll give you an idea of what to expect in the next few days. You'll each be spending today and tomorrow with
one of our staff, following him or her around, sitting in on meetings, and generally learning about that particular activity.
Now, this is how I've allocated you. Er, Carol, you said in your interview that you're interested in finance, so I've put you with the person who deals with payments to staff. This is the busiest week in the monthly cycle, as all the overtime has to be calculated before pay day.
Now, Frank, I believe you've already had some training in sales, and you want to look at the process from the other side, so the purchasing section is where you'll start off. You'll be able to find out how we buy goods and services from our suppliers.
Next on the list is Philip. You said you hope to work in advertising, so I had arranged for you to work alongside our marketing manager. But I'm afraid she's on sick leave at the moment, so instead you'll be with someone who deals with sales to other countries. As you speak two or three languages, you should find you can use them.
Stephanie, you didn't mention any preference, so I've put you with the warehouse manager. We purchase goods almost every day and have frequent deliveries, so you'll see how we handle all the goods that come in — not to mention the finished products waiting to be despatched to customers.
And lastly, Minh, I understand you've been working in an employment agency and would like to look at the application process from an employer's point of view. We're about to advertise for new training staff to join my section, so you'll be with the person who's responsible for recruiting them. You might have some good ideas for how they should go about it.
OK, now if you'd like to come this way...