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Happy Labor Day! Check out our collision repair recruiting, retention coverage

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Recruiting and keeping solid employees is one of the central preoccupations of the collision repair industry right now.

So in honor of Labor Day weekend, we thought staff, management and those interested in a collision industry career might want to read a bit about the job market and advice for hiring and retention.

Here’s some highlights from past Repairer Driven News coverage:

“ABRA: New academy saw ‘viral’ demand, won’t replace traditional vo-tech”:

Rather than wait for vo-tech programs to produce skilled auto body workers, ABRA founded its own mini-college — and will pay students to attend. More

“Gene Marks: How to hire a Millennial”:

Millennials work hard; they just work differently. Which means that if you want to grow your business, these are the people that will be your backbone. So you better accept that and learn how to find the best of them.. More

“SCRS announces new auto body shop job board; Career Center part of Auto Care Assoc., SEMA network”:

As collision repairers and other automotive industries seek to fill thousands of open positions, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists on Thursday announced the launch of the SCRS Career Center. More

A screenshot from the Society of Collision Repair Specialists Career Center, which is part of a jobs network that includes the Auto Care Association and SEMA. (Screenshot from www.scrs.com/jobs)

“Looking for collision repair job candidates? Here’s 3 insights into what they want”:

We talked to Collision Repair Education Foundation director of development Brandon Eckenrode (whose organization is also piloting an auto body job board) to find out a little more about the job market from the perspective of a candidate. More

“How to keep new collision repair technicians engaged — and not jumping ship”:

A busy, piece-rate auto body shop might find itself failing to engage and teach new technicians, industry figures said last week — an issue that must be remedied amid an industrywide staffing shortage. More

“Desperately need auto body technicians? Get involved earlier in the process, industry figures say”:

Working with nearby trade colleges and high schools to develop skills you need, making an NFL-type effort to woo techs, and taking advantage of a new wave of job fairs might land your shop the staff it needs to fill openings, representatives from the Collision Repair Education Foundation, Garmat, and the Collision Industry Conference Education Committee suggested. More

Students attend a Collision Repair Education Foundation job fair in Saint Louis, Mo. (Provided by CREF)

“CIC Week CREF fair part of intensified auto body workforce development effort”:

Besides vetting the effect of the career fairs, CREF hopes to in the future better inform vo-tech teachers of what skills they should teach aspiring auto body students. For any teachers and aspiring technicians reading this, here’s what companies have told CREF are their top wish-list skills for entry-level technicians. More

“Try these AASP-MN ideas to encourage auto tech careers in your state”:

While the program is in its infancy, the legwork and early plans for the Minnesota “Car Careers” initiative seem to have yielded a few potential lessons for repairers seeking future technicians. More

Images:

Happy Labor Day from RDN. (Vichai/iStock)

A screenshot from the Society of Collision Repair Specialists Career Center, which is part of a jobs network that includes the Auto Care Association and SEMA. (Screenshot from www.scrs.com/jobs)

Students attend a Collision Repair Education Foundation job fair in Saint Louis, Mo. (Provided by CREF)