Good recruitment is vital, especially when labour markets are tight. It is all about securing a workforce with the relevant skills and abilities for an organisation’s needs and providing potential candidates with the opportunity to evaluate a role and organisation. From an employer’s perspective, any job should rely foremost on a core competency framework. However, up until recently, the vehicle recycling industry hadn’t defined one. Thankfully, this is no longer the case, with depollution and dismantling competencies reflected in the IMI’s National Occupational Standards (NOS) published in March 2022.
VEHICLE DISMANTLING & RECYCLING INDUSTRY TECHNICIAN SHORTAGE
Vacancies posted Indeed Job Search - APRIL 2023
19 x vehicle depollution & dismantling vacancies
15 x separate businesses
Job search terms:
Vehicle Dismantling Technician
ELV Depollution / Scrapyard Labourer
Mechanic / Car Dismantler
Vehicle repair centres, crash repair businesses and car dealerships were removed from any returned search results.
The next challenge for the industry is understanding the importance of applying these standards to workplace training and insisting on them when attracting and developing future talent. Of the nineteen depollution and dismantling roles posted on Indeed’s job board in April 2023, none of the vacancies referenced the vehicle dismantling competence standard. However, with the exception of one company, all of adverts wished to attract skilled candidates, insisting on a minimum of 12 months automotive experience, but then failing to define what that experience and competence level would look like.
The Depollution Register
Take the guesswork out of your next recruitment drive for technical staff by insisting on candidates being elvTech certified. That’s why we established the UK’s first depollution register – a freely searchable technicians’ database that catalogues technicians who have undertaken any of our qualifications and reached the required standard. We have already supported over 110 technicians in achieving their elvTech qualification and many have continued their studies within our academy to become elvTech Pro-certified. We are proud that industry-leading businesses such as Synetiq have chosen to use our curriculum to support their apprentices.