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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)