Representatives from the newly formed Automotive Recruitment Alliance (ARA) took part in the first Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) service provider webinar, which addressed the major issues the automotive aftermarket supply chain faces around recruitment and skills.
The webinar which was hosted by the IAAF on Thursday 27 January via Go To Webinar saw representatives from ARA take part in the “question time” panel for a series of topical discussions and questions.
Announced at the IAAF Virtual Conference in December, the webinars harness the expertise from IAAF’s service providers, enabling members unrivalled and exclusive information to further assist their business in the year ahead.
With the skills and recruitment shortage really affecting businesses throughout all areas, the webinar covered what can be done to ensure companies stand out from the competition and the changing trends and attitudes in the recruitment sector, specifically in a post-pandemic era.
Autotech Group, Glen Callum Associates (GCA) and KPI People formed The Automotive Recruitment Alliance (ARA) at the end of 2021 in a bid to streamline the recruitment process for the aftermarket.
Collectively, each company’s recruitment specialism covers the entire automotive aftermarket from temporary vehicle technicians and MOT testers, permanent and interim technical and commercial staff, parts and customer service operatives, sales and marketing, through to senior board positions.
Glen Shepherd, GCA director and member of ARA, said: “In addition to the issues surrounding skills, training and recruitment, there is a shift in demand in the way candidates search for jobs, whilst also understanding candidate behavioral trends and candidate expectations. In taking part in the new IAAF webinar, it will help businesses in the automotive aftermarket adapt in order to attract the best talent.”
“The issues surrounding the skills shortage in the automotive sector isn’t going away,” comments Gavin White, CEO of Autotech Group. “We need solutions that don’t just plaster over the problem in the short term but safeguards the long-term future of the industry. To create and execute this plan the industry needs to come together collaboratively, and the IAAF webinar is the ideal platform for this.”
Mark Field, IAAF chief executive, said: “These new webinars will offer IAAF members free, unfettered access to the best support and advice from our diverse range of service providers. While there are great challenges, these webinars will also look to identify the opportunities for businesses in our trade and provide enormous value to those that attend.”
A service provider webinar programme for 2022 can be found via the IAAF website www.iaaf.co.uk
For further information on the Automotive Recruitment Alliance (ARA) visit www.automotiverecruitmentalliance.co.uk