- Jesús Torrano joined company as an apprentice and has just completed forty years at the Press workshop
- He has been a witness of company’s development and growth
More than half a life devoted to the company. Forty years in which he has grown both personally and professionally in the workshop where the process of building a car begins. Jesús Torrano, an employee who has just completed four decades at SEAT and who, together with more than 700 colleagues, has been the recipient of a tribute to his loyalty and dedication to the company.
Jesús began the Apprentices’ School at the age of 13, later going on to the Press workshop, where he has carried out his duties until today. He was an active participant in the launch of the first Toledo, the arrival of the Altea and the Ibiza family, and has also contributed to the launch of new models such as Leon. In his own words “it seems almost impossible today, looking at the way the labour market is moving, that young people could conceive of spending 40 years with the same company. In my days you would think in terms of a job for life”. For this reason, Jesús encourages apprentices at the school and youngsters just beginning their working lives to do so with determination and “try to remain in the same job to get experience and contribute to the growth of companies”.
This veteran employee recalls how the Martorell production plant has changed over these years. He can hardly believe the advances made in ergonomics, as well as the improvements in working conditions at the plant: “the temperature in the workshops have improved enormously since the 1970s. Safety clothes are also completely different, now operatives have much lighter uniforms”.
Forty years at the same company have helped Jesús and many other workers to realize their dreams of having financial and personal stability at a time when this is becoming increasingly difficult. “I have tried to pay back the investment the company made in me in my day-to-day work”, he says with emotion in his voice, while at the same time thanks to SEAT “for teaching me a trade without asking for anything in exchange, just to work and apply my know-how”.
Jesús says that the Spanish brand still has a long future ahead of it, and encourages young people to contribute to his legacy, working with enthusiasm so that SEAT can continue to grow and generate financial stability for many Spanish families.