Registration Process

We often get questions regarding our application process so thought it would be best to answer them all in one go.

 

What happens after I register my interest and/or apply for a role with Igloo?

After you have registered your interest with us, our experienced consultants will sort through all the applications that we have received. Where possible, everyone will be contacted to go through the interview process.

If we feel that you are not suitable for this specific role, we will try to find you something more suitable elsewhere.

If we believe that you are suitable, you will be asked to complete our application process and send in your identification (ID) and references. Once you have completed this process, we will put you forwards to our client.

 

What is a ‘proof of right to work’?

A ‘proof of right to work’ is documentation that proves that you are legal to work in the UK. Everyone will have to provide this, even if you are a British citizen.

 

What references do I need?

We ask for two references from your previous employers. We will ask for you to provide either their contact number or email address and we will contact them from there.

 

I’m not too sure what job I want, can you help me?

Of course! We are here to help make your job search process the easiest that it could be. We will go through your work history and find a job suitable for you.

 

I already have a job but I’m looking for some extra work, can I still apply?

Yes!

 

Once I have completed your registration process, how long is it before I can work?

We will work to get you started ASAP!


Mental Health In The Workplace

To close off Mental Health Awareness Week, we thought we would touch on mental health in the workplace.

According to Mind, ‘at least one in six workers is experiencing common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression’.

 

Here’s our 5 tips:

Work smarter, not harder

We understand that we sometimes have to work overtime to meet a deadline, however, don’t make this a regular occurrence. Working overtime constantly will start to take a toll on your concentration, productivity, accuracy, and health.

 

Don’t mix business with pleasure

If you bring your work home, we recommend designating a ‘workplace’ area to separate your work life from your personal life. If you see work, you will think about work.

 

Get organised

At the start of each day, create a ‘To Do’ list of tasks that need completing.

 

Take your lunch break

Breaks are important! Even a short break of 30 minutes can help you work more effectively throughout the day.

Check out our article, How To: Make the Most of Your Lunch Break

 

Ask for help

If you feel that your workload it too much, speak to your manager or supervisor. If you are unable to solve the issue this way, talk to your HR department, trade union representative or other relevant members of staff.

 

Read our other articles on mental health:

World Mental Health Day 2021

 

To speak to someone at Mind, CLICK HERE.

To make a donation to Mind, CLICK HERE.


Mental Health Awareness Week

‘Mental Health Foundation announces, ‘loneliness’ as the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022’.

Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 9th – 15th May 2022.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, research has found that loneliness has been amplified by the COVID pandemic. As a result of this, loneliness is a fitting theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. ‘Reducing loneliness is a major step towards a mentally healthy society’.

‘Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said: “Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic.  That is why we have chosen it as our theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022.  Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health so we much find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this.  The week is also an invaluable opportunity for people to talk about all aspects of mental health, with a focus on providing help and advice’’.’

To find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week, CLICK HERE.

To get help, CLICK HERE.

To make a donation to Mind, CLICK HERE.


How To: Contact Us

Here at Igloo, there’s more than just one way to contact us. So, if you’re running low on minutes or don’t have social media, then we can still talk!

Landline:

01455 891 358

Opt 1 – Automotive

Opt 2 – Transport

Mobile Phones: (WhatsApp available)

Automotive – 07809 890 419

Transport – 07920 499 699

Payroll – 07764 805 986


Highway Code Updates 2022

Highway Code updates are coming into effect from January 29th, 2022, however, there’s fears that this will ‘increase road rage incidents’, ‘accidents’ and ‘dangerous confusion’ as not enough has been done to make people aware of the changes.

What are the new Highway Code changes?

Drivers will have more responsibility to keep an eye out for people cycling, walking and riding a horse. Cyclists will have more responsibility to be aware of any pedestrians.

When drivers are turning into a road, they are required to give way to pedestrians waiting to cross.

Cars must leave at least 1.5 meters room when passing cyclists below 30mph however, if you are doing over 30mph then you should leave 2 meters distance.

Cyclists are encouraged to ride in the middle of the road and if there’s a cycle lane, they are not obliged to use it.

Guidance says, ‘it can be safer for cyclists to ride two abreast’.


Q&A - Drivers (Case 2)

We have asked our workers a few questions about the roles that they are in so you can hear their experiences and advice first-hand.

 

What is your job role?

My job role is HGV driver.

 

What made you want to drive professionally?

I wanted to drive professional initially to support my race mechanics job, though then found I liked the road trips more, this then followed on the general to general haulage.

 

How long have you been driving professionally?

I have held my class one 1st April 1991.

 

What skills have you learnt from being a driver?

Skills learnt have been route planning, maintenance checks, road awareness and consideration, legalities.

 

Do you drive locally or is it mostly long distance?

I drive the UK, local and longer distances, all over Europe with motor racing events.

 

How do you combat tiredness?

Tiredness is a continual problem for most drivers, it is most important to take regular breaks particularly daily rests and drink plenty of fluids, cold water helps.

 

What are your driver essentials?

Essentials apart from carrying your licence’s and PPE are’ clear clean mirrors, window screens and glasses/ sun glasses, (all about good vision).

 

What are the best parts about being a driver?

Being a driver means you have you own freedom without others looking over your shoulder.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is looking at starting a career in driving?

Don’t do it (ha ha). Go out with someone who’s been driving for a while and listen out for their experience’s, get proper training from a reputable company with lots of experience. Don’t take short cuts in procedures (stick to a regular pattern coupling).              


A Guide: Automotive Job Roles

There are a variety of job roles that make up the Automotive sector. These roles give the right candidates an excellent opportunity to work within a busy, modern and well equipped automotive Bodyshop. This includes but is not limited to:

Panel Beater

Panel beaters will be undertaking all aspects of panel repairs from light filler repairs through to reshaping panels ensuring the repairs are finished in a way that matches the rest of the vehicle’s bodywork. There is potential that you will need your own tools including dollies and hammers for this role.

Technician/Mechanic

As a technician you will be working on but not limited to servicing vehicles, clutch changes, checking cam belts, gear boxes, oil changes, break fluids, changing break discs, strip and fit, tyre changes and diagnostics. Occasionally, you will need your own tools however, this is not always the case.

Qualifications are often a requirement of the job role however, some companies will happily take you on if you are time served.

Click here to read our article on How To: Become a Mechanic

Prepper

A prepper will need to prepare the vehicle body for repair work and/or painting. Some of the responsibilities may involve removing all dirt from the surface and the parts due for paining, fine line filler work, sanding and masking. Aspects of this position involve being able to pay attention to detail whilst adhering to health and safety regulations. Depending on your experience you may also be required to undertake small filler repairs and prime the vehicles ready for paint.

Becoming a prepper is a great way to get your foot in the door for your Bodyshop carer as you can choose to become a painter, technician estimator, etc…

Painter

Vehicle Painters are also known as paint technicians or motor vehicle finishers.

As an automotive painter you will need to prepare your equipment and the body of the car. Vehicle Paint Sprayers are required to carry out the preparation on the vehicles by buffing, polishing and priming surfaces before spray painting. You might need to mix paints to get the right colour and consistency. You could be using water-based paints to spray the different body parts specified. You’ll also need to ensure there is no damage to the vehicle.

Polisher

A Vehicle Polisher will be responsible for the final polish of freshly painted vehicle panels on a range of vehicles. You will be rectifying any paint defects, such as runs in the paint. You will be polishing vehicle panels using a handheld polisher.

Masker

Maskers will be responsible for the masking and outlining vehicle panels as well as completing final preparation work on the vehicles prior to them being painted.

Trimmer

Vehicle trimmers will be responsible for ensuring any parts or panels that need to be removed as part of the repair process are removed correctly with all fixings being labelled and stored ready for when they are needed to be refitted to the vehicles. You will be removing interior and exterior parts from vehicles.

 

Before being able to do one of these roles you need to ensure that you have a great CV with all of the relevant details included.

Click here for our tips on how to improve your CV

Click here for tips on how to prepare for an interview


Q&A - Drivers (Case 1)

We have asked our workers a few questions about the roles that they are in so you can hear their experiences and advice first-hand.

 

What is your job role?

HGV driver delivering & picking up goods.

 

What made you want to drive professionally?

To have the freedom to get out of a job indoors. 

 

How long have you been driving professionally?

About 30 years.

 

What skills have you learnt from being a driver?

To try to drive safe.

 

Do you drive locally or is it mostly long distance?

Mostly longer distance driving.

 

How do you combat tiredness?

Try to get enough rest the night before & if possible, stop for 30 mins to rest.

 

What are your driver essentials?

Essentials are phone & charger, driving glasses, truckers Road atlas, bottle of water & food.

 

What are the best parts about being a driver?

Being your own boss up to a point.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is looking at starting a career in driving?

Drive safe & expect the worst from other vehicles! 


World Mental Health Day 2021

World Mental Health Day is on the 10th October every year. This year the theme has been set by the World Federation for Mental Health. The theme is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’.

To read more on the World Federation for Mental Health – Mental Health in an Unequal World theme, CLICK HERE.

According to Mind, ‘at least one in six workers are experiencing common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression’.

Here’s our top tips for staying well at work:

Take your lunch break!

CLICK HERE to read our article about why your lunch breaks are just as important as your work.

Create a ‘To Do’ list and clear your workspace

Organisation is key! A clear space equals a clear mind.

Keep your work life at work

Setting boundaries between your work life and your home life will help to relieve stress.

Ask for help

If you ever feel like you are struggling, talk to your friends, family, or employer. Good relationships are important for mental wellbeing.

Remember

You are not alone!

Get help now and contact Mind

Donate to Mind – ‘Your donation could give someone hope and help them know they’re not alone’.


How To: Make the Most of Your Lunch Break

How To: Make the Most of Your Lunch Break

Breaks are important! Even a short break of 30 minutes can help you work more effectively throughout the day.

Totaljobs research shows that ‘More UK workers are skipping lunch – and paying the price’.

Here’s a few ways to ensure that you are making the most of your lunch break.

Eat

Don’t be that person that doesn’t eat their lunch because they want to look like a hard worker checking another task off their ‘to do’ list. Later in the day, you’ll start to lose concentration, feel lightheaded and will have gained a headache. Food fuels the body!

 

Eat your lunch away from your desk

Eating lunch away from your desk can help you be more productive, keep focused and be less stressed. Your lunch break is a time to get away from work. If you take your break at your desk, then all you will be thinking about is work!

 

Do some reading

Something that many of us wish we did more of is reading. Place yourself in a quiet place (this could be a quiet corner in the canteen, break room, outside or your car) and read a chapter or two.

 

Listen to a podcast

Podcasts come in all shapes and sizes. This could be anything from, educational, comedy, sports, crime stories, etc… Some people find it difficult to focus on a physical book so, another option is a podcast. You can just put your headphones in and listen.

 

Go for a walk

Walking is great for clearing your mind and lifting your mood! Not only are you clearing your mind but you’re moving your body which will help you feel less stressed. Being outdoors helps your body absorb vitamin D which can aid brain function and increase your energy levels.