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SYNETIQ increases efforts to upskill workforce to bridge ‘green skills gap’

SYNETIQ, an IAA company (NYSE: IAA), has pledged to increase upskilling opportunities to support current and predicted future skills shortages in the vehicle recycling and salvage sector.


SYNETIQ increases efforts to upskill workforce to bridge ‘green skills gap’ p
Natalie Buckley, HR Director

The pledge is in direct response to an insight report by independent think tank The Green Alliance, which cited a ‘green skills gap’ in the transportation sector.

The report stated that 80 per cent of people who will be employed in 2030 are already in the workforce, meaning large numbers must be ‘retrained and upskilled.’ The report also noted that ‘vehicle scrappage and recycling experts’ are among the main areas of skills shortage within the industry.

SYNETIQ says preparation is key, with a focus on safe and compliant dismantling of electric and hybrid vehicles ahead of the 2030 ban on the sale of internal combustion engines.

Preparing a future workforce is nothing new to SYNETIQ. In 2021, the recycler launched its own Metal Recycling Apprenticeship (MRA) as a strategic move to future-proof the workforce.

Natalie Buckley, HR Director at SYNETIQ said:

“Our colleagues are our biggest and most valuable asset, and we recognise the need to upskill them from within, not just for business needs, but for their own personal growth.

The vehicle recycling landscape is ever-changing and we’re already seeing an increase in electric and hybrid vehicles coming our way for end-of-life processing. We need our colleagues to have the right tools and skills to handle this change.

We offer a range of apprenticeship and training opportunities, not just for school-leavers but for people of all ages, abilities and skill levels. Of course, we’re always looking for new recruits and with the recent increase in unemployment rates, we welcome applicants looking for work.

 I am excited to see what our colleagues can achieve and where they will take us as a business.” 


SYNETIQ, an IAA company (NYSE: IAA), is the largest integrated salvage, dismantling and vehicle recycling company in the UK, formed to become the most innovative and trusted business in the industry.  An integrated, data driven and innovative business, SYNETIQ has led the way in raising industry standards and continually innovates ways of working, to deliver great value, ensure complete compliance and a positive experience.   

SYNETIQ is proud to have major household names in its portfolio, including insurers, accident management companies, fleets, police forces, logistics companies, vehicle repair body shops, and remanufacturers. With cutting edge data and software solutions, multiple sites, a specialist vehicle recovery fleet and over 700 dedicated UK-based employees, customers and clients trust SYNETIQ to create bespoke solutions to deliver the maximum benefit for their business. Its primary goal is to understand client and customer needs, delivering the right solution, first time. 


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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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