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SYNETIQ drives industry-first apprenticeship scheme

A ‘first of its kind’ motor-recycling apprenticeship scheme has been launched by leading integrated vehicle salvage, dismantling and recycling business SYNETIQ. 


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Opening its doors to new career opportunities in the vehicle recycling industry, SYNETIQ’s Metal Recycling Operative 12-month apprenticeship scheme starts in September with the business offering successful apprentices a job once qualified. 

Apprentices will take part in a mixture of on and off-the-job learning and will be equipped with their own PPE and tools. Normally dismantlers have to have their own tools. Practical training includes assessing over 800 cars a week in SYNETIQ’s ‘Landing Pad’ where apprentices will learn to identify salvageable parts for reuse – also known as green parts. In addition, apprentices will experience the depollution process, learn engine prepping techniques and how to safely dismantle vehicles. 

Apprentices will gain employability skills, such as health and safety awareness, manual handling, plant equipment training, the opportunity to gain an understanding of electric vehicles and environmental practices to coincide with the company’s sustainability strategy, ‘Our Road to Tomorrow.’

SYNETIQ employs over 450 people nationwide and has made a business commitment to bring fresh employment opportunities to different areas of the UK.  

Natalie Buckley, Head of HR for SYNETIQ said: 

“We’re so proud to launch the industry’s first Metal Recycling Operative Apprenticeship scheme, bringing new employment opportunities to the area. 

Apprentices are the future of our business and their role in identifying green parts plays an important part in implementing our sustainability roadmap and making it a success.”  

SYNETIQ’s commitment to apprenticeships is extended to current employees with the company investing to upskill colleagues through a series of new opportunities all the way up to Masters level. 

Natalie continued: 

“We are committed to the learning and investment of our team and are really excited about some of the upcoming programmes not only for our younger colleagues but also in developing our managers and furthering their leadership skills.”

Supporting and helping to create apprenticeship opportunities is nothing new to SYNETIQ. The company has been a bronze partner of AutoRaise for two years, a charity working to reduce the skills shortage in the auto repair industry. They also recently delivered green parts training for apprentices who work for GEMINI ARC, developing their knowledge of the benefits of green parts in collision repairs. 

For those interested in the scheme, please email with your CV along with a statement on why you would like to work at SYNETIQ. 




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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e] is the UK’s only salvage and automotive recycling network with nationwide, environmentally compliant sites delivering performance resilience and service reliability to the insurance and fleet markets.  The network’s online salvage auction drives strong salvage resale values and faster sales.  e2e’s salvage clients have access to the network’s stocks of over 5 million quality graded, warranty assured reclaimed parts. 

The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

The salvage and recycling operating environment is evolving rapidly, and e2e is anticipating, listening and responding to changing market needs.  Regulatory compliance, ESG, reclaimed parts, customer experience, EVs, new vehicle technologies, data and reputation risk are just some of many considerations linked to the procurement of salvage services.  e2e will drive further added value to clients and members through the adoption and application of emerging technologies, continuing to differentiate its proposition and position salvage services as a professional partnership. 

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