Essential information for end of life vehicle dismantling, depollution and recycling

Adam Hewitt
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Silverlake champions women in automotive recycling  

Silverlake Automotive Recycling is always on the hunt for new talent and recognises that there is a very real need to promote the automotive recycling industry as presenting great career opportunities. Those career opportunities are inclusive and more can and should be done to encourage women to consider the sector as a viable career path. The numbers speak for themselves. Currently, women only make up 20%* of the overall workforce in the automotive industry.  


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Katie James in the tyre bay at Silverlake Automotive Recycling

Undoubtedly there are some barriers and misconceptions to break down, and Silverlake is working hard on this through its relationships with local colleges. The team are attending careers events and running interactive sessions with students to encourage work experience placements. The strategy is working well and supports the company’s ‘grow your own’ policy whereby it recruits on aptitude and trains for skills.       

Silverlake is proud that women make up 13% of its workforce and hopes to continue to increase that number further. Katie James has been part of the team at Silverlake Automotive Recycling for nearly three years, joining the company when she was 22 years old as a parts dismantler. A qualified mechanic, she had completed her Level 1 and 2 IMI and Level 3 NVQ apprenticeship at Cemast College, Fareham. Katie knew of other graduates from her course who had taken positions at Silverlake and who were enjoying their roles. She also knew that the company has a reputation as a good employer in the region. Her progress in the business is testimony to her passion and Silverlake’s commitment to developing its people. Katie moved from dismantling to wheel and tyre quality control and is now a tyre fitter, supervising a team of three male colleagues.  

As a woman in the motor trade, Katie has faced her share of discrimination in the past. However, she has also experienced first-hand the relief from female motorists who have felt more comfortable with a woman mechanic. Her attitude is stoic and resourceful but we can all agree it shouldn’t be necessary in today’s day and age.  

Katie likes the fact that at Silverlake everyone takes pride in what they do and she feels part of a team that supports and encourages each other to be the best they can be.  She says: 

“It’s a very inclusive place to be. I don’t feel like a woman in a man’s world.  I feel as considered and relevant as any other employee at Silverlake. Opportunities here are open to everyone, no matter who you are within the business; you just need to want to progress and be willing to put in the hard work. You have to earn the trust and respect of your colleagues and your managers, just like you would in any job, in any industry. What is great about Silverlake is the time they take to understand the different people in their team; how they think and work, where their skills lie and what motivates them. You are treated like an individual and you understand the part you play in the bigger picture and how your career can develop. That’s very rewarding and exciting.” 

Allen Prebble, managing director at Silverlake explains: 

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Allen Prebble

“A diverse workforce drives better customer experiences, better products and therefore greater business success. While good work is being done to encourage more women to apply for engineering and mechanical courses at a university level, it’s vital that the extensive range of roles in the industry is explained. More education is needed about automotive recycling. Our industry is a fascinating place to work and has a huge role to play in helping the UK achieve Net-Zero. The industry continues to evolve rapidly and there are dynamic times ahead as demand for recycled green parts grows exponentially. By showcasing our innovation and the value we deliver, both commercially and environmentally, whilst at the same time demonstrating that there are opportunities for people of all backgrounds and skill sets; we will encourage them to join us.”

To subscribe to the Silverlake ‘How to’ Series YouTube Channel click here. Katie can be seen dismantling different car parts for the series.


*Auto Express 8 March 2022

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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. 

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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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