EURES helps car mechanics head north to new opportunities
Two car mechanics from Spain have found great new jobs in Finland thanks to the EURES network and its Job Mobility Portal.
The Jag-Finn Oy Jaguar Garage is a family-run enterprise based in Espoo near Helsinki. Last summer, the garage was struggling to find local car mechanics to fill vacancies and so turned to EURES for help.
“It’s a fact that car mechanics are generally in short supply across Finland,” explains local EURES Adviser, Arne Linderborg. “The company CEO didn’t know anything about the EURES network, but after I briefed her about what we can offer she decided to take a chance on recruiting from abroad.”
Arne visited the garage to assess its needs and introduce its managers to EURES’ services. The job opportunities were then posted on the Portal, and it was not long before José Castillo from Barcelona made contact. José was an unemployed car mechanic – and Jaguar owner – who had applied for about 300 jobs in Spain, but without success.
It turned out that José had the skills the garage was looking for and started work in Finland in October 2012. He was soon joined by Spanish compatriot David Fernandez, who hails from Murcia.
“Both of them are enjoying their new jobs and life in general. The company is very pleased with the new members of staff and is grateful for the help and advice it received from EURES,” says Arne. “For me, one of the key factors for success is that the garage understood the value of recruiting two people from Spain – José and David have been able to support each other through the demanding transition of living and working in another country.”
Both men now have their girlfriends in Finland – José’s joined him from Spain a few months ago and has herself found work. Jag-Finn Oy has also helped the men to settle into Finnish life by offering assistance with accommodation and by providing language lessons.
Text last edited on: 02/2013
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