How To: Become a Mechanic

Are you looking for a career change? Interested in becoming a mechanic? Keep reading!

As a mechanic you will be working on vehicle mechanics and electricals. You will need to be able to repair and maintain different types of vehicles. You might also be working on but not limited to cameras, parking sensors, checking oil, water, break fluids, changing brake pads and discs, removing and replacing tyres, diagnostics and stripping and refitting the vehicle.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a good way to get started as you’ll get great hand on experience of being in a working environment as well as getting the education. You earn whilst you learn!

To be accepted onto a course you will most likely need GCSE Maths, English and Science however, circumstances are different for every course so this may vary.

The courses might be as seen below: (Course titles may vary depending on the course you choose)

  • Level 1 certificate in vehicle maintenance
  • Level 2 certificate in light vehicle maintenance and repair
  • Level 3 diploma in vehicle technology

College Courses

There are a few different types of courses that you can complete. These types of courses can be found on the City and Guilds website or on any other providers websites.

Volunteering

You might be able to get the chance to volunteer servicing cars and equipment at a local garage. You’ll get great experience from this however, you will only be time served. This might be a slight issue when trying to apply for any jobs where it’s a requirement for you to have a specific qualification.

What skills would I need?

  • Strong communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Good attention to detail

After completing my course, what are my next steps?

Update your CV!

Ensure that you have updated your CV and include your new qualifications. To see our tips on how to write a good CV please CLICK HERE.

Landed your first interview? For our interview tips CLICK HERE.


COVID19 Update - Lockdown 2

10/11/2020

Following the second national lockdown that was enforced by the Government on Thursday 5th November 2020, we wanted to update you all on Igloo’s current status.

Presently we are pleased to report that ourselves and all of our clients are all strictly following the Government and World Health Organisation’s guidelines meaning they are able to continue to operate in a COVID safe environment.

We therefore continue to recruit candidates for roles across the country, so if you, a family member or any of your friends are looking for work whilst you are furloughed or if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being unemployed then search our current vacancies on the Job Search page on our website or call our recruitment team on 01455 891358 where our team of consultants will be able to discuss suitable vacancies with you.

Remember you can work elsewhere whilst you are furloughed by your employer. Click here to read more on this.

Please continue to check back on this page as we will post updates as and when we have more information to communicate to you.

Stay safe and alert and keep yourself and your loved ones safe at this unprecedented time.


Furloughed and Need Work? Igloo Wants YOU!

Have you been furloughed by your current employer?

 

Do you still want or need work?

 

IGLOO WANTS YOU!

With the announcement that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also know as the Furlough Scheme) has been extended until March 2021, more people are being put onto furlough.

You will not be able to work for the company that put you on the furlough scheme during this time however, you will be able to work for another employer providing that your contract with your current employer allows you to.

For more information on this please CLICK HERE.

We are prepared to start taking candidates on a short-term basis as we understand that once your furlough period is up you will be required back to work at your current employers.

We currently have jobs available nationwide within the automotive, transport and logistics industries.

Does this sound like something you are interested in?

Take a look at our Job Search page to see what positions we currently have available.

Or call into our head office on 01455 891 358 opt 1 to speak to our consultants today!


How To: Application Process

Wondering how easy our application process is? Keep reading to find out.

We’ve been using different E-Signature websites such as Docusign and Signable for years. However, we recently got a brand new website and have been able to move all our documents onto there. This makes the application process so much quicker and easier! Try it for yourself!

How does it work?

Once you have spoken to our consultants regarding your desired position, they will send you an email with a list of full instructions of what we need from you. This will include:

  • A list of all your ID documents that we need
  • How to create a share code for a DVLA check (if applicable)
  • A link to our application packs. The application pack that you receive will depend on the job role that you apply for, your employment type and the site that you will be working at.

All ID must be sent to Compliance@igloodrivers.com. You will then need to click the links and fill out the packs. Any mandatory field will have a ‘*’ next to it. If this section does not apply to you, please put ‘N/A’.

Once you have completed filling in your details you will need to:

  • Click ‘SUBMIT’. This will then take you to the next page where you can see the full document.
  • Please ensure that you read through the full document and click into the E-Signature box to sign.
  • Once signed you will see a blue button in the bottom right of the screen, ‘Agree & Sign’ once you click on this button Igloo will receive your completed sign off and you will also receive a copy of the document.

The packs are very straight forwards however, if you get stuck, we have a ‘chat with us’ option in the bottom right hand corner of the website. During office hours we will be active on this however, during out of office hours it will come into the compliance inbox and we will reply as quickly and efficiently as possible.


Get to Know The Automotive Team - Corby

Amandeep Basra

How old are you?

23

What department do you work in at Igloo?

The Automotive Team, based onsite in Corby

How long have you worked for Igloo?

1 year and a half

Highlight of your Igloo career to date:

Being able to manage a whole site on my own during lockdown

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy baking especially cakes and dancing

What type of music are you into?

Anything really! But the main ones would be R&B, Indian and Rap

What was your dream job when you were a child?

To be a Crime Scene Investigator! 

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

My dog, a bottle of gin and a tent

Favourite food:

I can only pick one?! It would have to be Chinese!

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by….. Priyanka Chopra


Lindsay Hunter

How old are you?

31

What department do you work in at Igloo?

Automotive

How long have you worked for Igloo?

5 years (this time round)

Highlight of your Igloo career to date:

Being promoted to site supervisor

What are your interests outside of work?

Fashion, makeup, lifestyle blogs & learning to cook

What type of music are you into?

Motown/Soul would be my ultimate favourite

What was your dream job when you were a child?

Shop assistant HAHA!

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

A knife, matches & a hammock

Favourite food:

Steak

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by….. Jessica Alba


Toufik Bellahmer

How old are you?

50

What department do you work in at Igloo?

Compound

How long have you worked for Igloo?

2.5 years

Highlight of your Igloo career to date:

Progression to compound manager

What are your interests outside of work?

Motorsports & Football

What type of music are you into?

Drum & Bass + Euphoria

What was your dream job when you were a child?

Police Officer

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

Mobile, flint & water

Favourite food:

Italian

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by….. Keanu Reeves


Ross

How old are you

25

Which department do you work in at Igloo?

Yard Operations- Corby

How long have you worked at Igloo for?

Approximately 2 and a half years

Highlight of your Igloo career to date

Achieving the level of Assistant Manager to run the Compound in Corby

What are your interests outside of work?

Enjoying watching Football and socialising with friends and family (cliche)

What type of music are you into?

I have a wide taste in music, enjoy pretty much anything except Classical or Rock

What was your dream job when you were a child?

Fireman Sam

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items you would take?

A gameboy, packs of cards and a pillow 

Favourite food

Indian chicken Tikka Bhuna

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by…

Zach Galifianakis, (no hair on head just a beard)


Get to Know The Automotive Team - Portbury

Victoria Alfaro

How old are you?

48

What department do you work in at Igloo?

Portbury compound

How long have you worked for Igloo?

3 years

Highlight of your Igloo career to date:

Been trained by on site to work for Igloo 😊

What are your interests outside of work?

Bikes, dobbies, bikes, my nephews, bikes… did I mention bikes?

What type of music are you into?

Rock and roll classic

What was your dream job when you were a child?

Teacher

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

My kindle, my dog and a fridge full of mojito

Favourite food:

Chicken

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by….. Quentin Tarantino !!!!


Daniel Thorne

How old are you?

44

What department do you work in at Igloo?

Portbury compound/ operations

How long have you worked for Igloo?        

18 months and also around 18 months a couple of years ago

Highlight of your Igloo career to date:

Most Summer Days out in the yard. Meeting the friends I’ve made here from the Past and Present.

What are your interests outside of work?

Me and My girlfriend have 2 horses, 2 dogs and 2 goats. The horses are mainly her responsibility, but this keeps us both busy. I live on my boat which is fun and I practise Jui Jitsu. I’m ranked at Blue Belt. I’ve competed at local and national competitions and have 2 silver and 1 bronze medal.

What type of music are you into?

Most things to be fair, everything from Cheesy one hit wonders from Hansen to Jazz, Oasis or AC-DC

What was your dream job when you were a child?

Viper Pilot- BSG

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

55 foot Clipper – 150 litres of water – 4g mobile phone

Favourite food:

Sausage, beans n chips

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by….. Simon Pegg



Get to Know The Automotive Team - Sheerness

Sarah Mortimer

How old are you?

27

What department do you work in at Igloo?

Recruitment

How long have you worked for Igloo?

1 year 4 months

Highlight of your Igloo career to date:

I have been recruiting with an amazing team at sheerness and getting good quality staff in.

What are your interests outside of work?

Spending time with Family and my beautiful 5 year old daughter

What type of music are you into?

I enjoy music to the extent that I will listen to anything. Except grunge

What was your dream job when you were a child?

A missionary/ outreach worker

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

Chocolate, Insect spray, Bikini

Favourite food:

Beef Roast dinner

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by…..

Sandra Bullock


Christine George

How old are you?

Nearer 60 than 50

What department do you work in at Igloo?

Sheerness Compound

How long have you worked for Igloo?

Within the compound 20years. For igloo 2years

Highlight of your Igloo career to date:

Becoming Compound Manager

What are your interests outside of work?

Reading True Crime

What type of music are you into?

You play it, ill dance to it

What was your dream job when you were a child?

I wanted to be a librarian

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

Chocolates, sunglasses, toilet roll

Favourite food:

Chocolate

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by…..

Ruby Wax


Gabby

How old are you?

I am 27

What department do you work in at Igloo?

I work in recruitment – onsite

How long have you worked for Igloo?

I have worked for Igloo for just under 7 years now.

Highlight of your Igloo career to date:

Filling bookings !

What are your interests outside of work?

Spending time with my daughter, family and reading.

What type of music are you into?

I will listen to anything !

What was your dream job when you were a child?

Physiotherapist !

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

  • My daughter
  • Beer
  • A boat to take me back to mainland !

Favourite food:

Hummus & Pitta !

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by….. Melissa McCarthy



Get to Know The Recruitment Team - Head Office

Conor Parish

How old are you?

27

What department do you work in at Igloo?

Transport

How long have you worked for Igloo?

7 years

Highlight of your Igloo career to date:

Progressing from an administrator all the way up to where I am now

What are your interests outside of work?

I’m a big football fan, I follow Tottenham and Kidderminster Harriers

What type of music are you into?

I am a very open-minded person so I will listen to anything

What was your dream job when you were a child?

I’m sure most lads will agree with me in becoming a professional footballer

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

Football Manager, Bag of Skittles and a Hammock

Favourite food:

A Sunday Roast

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by….

I think it would have to be Ryan Reynold, some people say I look like him!


Laura Dalby

How old are you?

24 Years old

What department do you work in at Igloo?

I work in the Transport department.

How long have you worked for Igloo?

I have worked at Igloo for 3 Years

Highlight of your Igloo career to date:

Working with a great team

What are your interests outside of work?

Spending time with my daughter and Partner

What type of music are you into?

Chart music

What was your dream job when you were a child?

My dream job when I was younger was a Beauty Therapist/Hairdresser after completing the training I decided it wasn’t for me.

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

 Phone, Make-up, Bed

Favourite food:

Anything Mexican

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by…..  In a movie of my life I think I would be played by Amy Schumer.


Tracey Hamilton

How old are you?

52

What department do you work in at Igloo?

Automotive, Head Office

How long have you worked for Igloo?

5years on and off

What are your interests outside of work?

Family

What type of music are you into?

All sorts

What was your dream job when you were a child?

As a child my dream job was to be a nurse

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

My daughters, our dog and Bacardi

Favourite food:

Chinese

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by…   Helen Mirren



Get to Know The Payroll Team

Sophie Lunn

How old are you?

25

What department do you work in at Igloo?

I work in the Payroll department at our Head Office in Hinckley

How long have you worked for Igloo?

Since July 2016, so just over 4 years

Highlight of your Igloo career to date:

I think the Christmas parties and organised nights out have to be the biggest highlight

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy going on spontaneous days / nights out, spending time with my daughter, family and friends

What type of music are you into?

POP music, and anything other than kids programme theme tunes!

What was your dream job when you were a child?

My dream job when I was little was to work on a cruise ship as a hairdresser

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

Definitely wine, snacks and a boat

Favourite food:

Ribeye steak with peppercorn sauce

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by…

Lacey Turner


Paulina Dziewiecka

How old are you?

26

What department do you work in at Igloo?

Payroll Department

How long have you worked for Igloo?

Since December 2018 – almost 2 years

Highlight of your Igloo career to date:

At the beginning, I was taking care of the transport payroll. After few months I took over some of the Automotive sides. Recently I am responsible for the whole payroll with my lovely colleague Sophie. I also helped our Accounts Team with the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme.

What are your interests outside of work?

Sports- especially skiing and music.

What type of music are you into?

Dance/EDM, house. However, I can listen to any kind of music.

What was your dream job when you were a child?

A lawyer

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

  • Food
  • Water
  • Family

Favourite food:

Steak

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by….. Jennifer Lawrence