CLICKMECHANIC has launched a Mechanic in Residence programme to offer a new and alternative career path.
The initiative by the online marketplace, which connects car owners with local, trusted mechanics, means that car mechanics who no longer want to, or are unable to, work in the field can stay in the industry.
By applying to the Mechanic in Residence programme, mechanics can work directly for ClickMechanic from home. The mechanic will offer free phone consultations to ClickMechanic’s customers, using their skills and experience to diagnose vehicle problems.
In addition, it opens up a helpline to ClickMechanic’s customers, offering easy-to-reach and knowledgeable mechanics who are there to help and advise. By talking the driver through the issues they are experiencing, the majority of faults can be detected or at the very least narrowed down. On the rare occasion that a diagnosis over the phone isn’t possible, the mechanic can also book in a direct inspection from an alternative, local professional.
It is strictly a diagnosis and support-based role and doesn’t relate to sales, nor does the position come with revenue targets, meaning there is no incentive to book unnecessary work on the car. ClickMechanic says it makes it an ideal career path for any mechanic who would benefit from telecommuting, such as those who live in less populated areas or those who struggle with the heavy labour involved in the day-to-day activity.
Nigel Bennett, head of the programme, said: ‘The main aim of the Mechanic in Residence programme is to assist car owners with understanding the issues with their vehicles and how they can be resolved. By putting technical explanations across in a way that is easier to understand, we give straightforward advice in a non-sales way.’
Andrew Jervis, co-founder of ClickMechanic, said: ‘We’re so pleased to bring this programme to fruition. It brings more career opportunity and options to the car repair sector and gives those who are restricted the chance to continue doing what they love. It’s a big step forward for us in our goal of supporting all mechanics.’
ClickMechanic aims to hire one mechanic for the programme every month, and mechanics can apply via https://www.clickmechanic.com/careers
Pictured at top are ClickMechanic co-founders Andrew Jervis, left, and Felix Kenton
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