THE Automobile Association, which is recruiting for qualified mechanics to join its fleet of roadside patrols, has run into a roadblock in Limerick.
The motoring organisation and insurance provider says it cannot fill three open positions in Limerick due to a lack of suitably qualified mechanics.
“I suppose it is a good sign for our recovering economy,” said the AA’s Conor Faughnan.
“We are certainly adding jobs this year and right now we need qualified and time-served mechanics to join us as AA Patrols. We are surprised but we have not been able to find enough candidates in Limerick yet where we need to fill three positions,” he added.
The patrols, Mr Faughnan explained, need to be more than just mechanics. The modern AA van is “more like a mobile garage”, carrying sophisticated electronics and the capability to attend to any car on the road. The majority of call-outs end with the car being fixed and driven away
“Of course our patrols have the best training and the best equipment but there is more to their role than the technical side of it,” he said.
“We serve members of all ages with all sorts of car problems. To be honest most of the time fixing the car is the easy part; we also have to make sure that the person feels well cared for, respected and helped,” he added.
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