Autotech Recruit's Ambassador Programme brings together the best of the best contract vehicle technicians. Among them is Steven, a vehicle technician with extensive experience and a passion for motorbikes. In this interview, he shares his views on contracting, his experience with Autotech Recruit, and his thoughts on the skills shortage in the industry.
Q: Steven, what inspired you to become a contract vehicle technician and join the Autotech Recruit Ambassador Programme?
A: I became a contract vehicle technician after a bike accident left me with some limitations, and I found that contracting allowed me the flexibility to pursue my passions while making a living. The Autotech Recruit Ambassador Programme was an opportunity for me to share my experience with others, bridge the gap between different groups, and represent the company's brand.
Q: Did you have any breaks from contracting since you first joined Autotech Recruit in 2014?
A: I had a short break from contracting to pursue my passion for training bike riders, but the flexibility of this work allowed me to return to contracting soon after that.
Q: Before joining Autotech Recruit, did you have experience working in a different industry?
A: Although my main experience has been in the motor trade, I have also run a pub for two years in my early twenties.
Q: What do you think are the advantages of becoming a contractor in the automotive industry?
A: There are many benefits to becoming a contractor, including higher earnings, better flexibility, and a healthier working environment with less office politics. As a contractor, I have more control over my schedule, and I can balance my work with my hobbies or other responsibilities.
Q: What are your hobbies, and how has your flexible work schedule allowed you to pursue them?
A: I enjoy playing squash, clay pigeon shooting, and reading. I used to play golf, but I don't have as much time for that now. Over the years, my flexible schedule as a contractor has allowed me to balance my profession with my passions and interests.
Q: What would you say to someone who is considering becoming a contractor?
A: I would tell them to go for it! Contracting provides flexibility, higher earnings, and more control over your working life.
Q: What do you think about the skills shortage in the automotive industry?
A: There has been a skills shortage in the industry for years, and it's essential that we encourage young people to consider a career in the motor trade and provide more training opportunities to develop their skills.
Steven's story shows the advantages of becoming a contract vehicle technician and the opportunities it provides. Autotech Recruit's Ambassador Programme provides a fantastic platform for our loyal and experienced contract technicians to share their knowledge with others, bridge gaps, and represent the company's brand. As the industry faces a severe skills shortage, perhaps switching to contracting could be the answer for many MOT testers and vehicle technicians who are looking for more flexibility, higher earnings, and a healthier working environment.