Why Work in Plant Services?

Why Work in Plant Services?

Admittedly, a career in plant services or waste management is not going to be the top of everybody’s wish list at school. Many won’t really know what it is or what a career in the industry would involve. However, as a career option, it can provide an enjoyable and financially rewording job – especially for those who are looking for something that fits around family life and provides security, routine, and opportunities for growth.

RJC Plant Services has grown as a business considerably over the last 8 years. This has involved recruiting more and more qualified drivers to manage the grab wagons, tipper trucks and sweepers that make up our ‘plant services’ offer. The quality of our team is a big reason why we continue to be so successful and regularly achieve 5-star ratings from our customers.

As a business we promise no zero-hour contracts, local work, no nights away excellent rates of pay, 28 days holiday, uniform and training. We do lots of team events including socials and charity events to support the local community and we have incentive schemes to encourage business development. We have also recently taken on our first female apprentice who is working with our team of on-site mechanics.

In a recent survey by Randstad, they found the main attraction for people looking for a new job was one that offered work-life balance (65%). Job security received 61% and a pleasant work atmosphere, 55%. All of which we pride ourselves on here at RJC.

What skills and qualifications do you need to work in waste management and plant services?

There are several skills that are useful to have when working in plant services and waste management including:

• practical problem-solving ability
• strong communication, customer service and interpersonal skills
• negotiation skills
• the ability to manage pressure, work to deadlines and prioritise your workload
• organisational and planning skills
• the ability to use your initiative and to work independently
• teamworking skills
• a flexible approach to work

However, our main request is that you have a great attitude, be enthusiastic, be prepared to work as part of our team but be also able to work on your own initiative.

As we are certified waste management providers, an awareness of environmental issues, including an understanding of waste and recycling issues, and a willingness to keep up with relevant legislation is appreciated too.

Essential requirements for a driver role include:
• Class 2 Driving License
• Up to date CPC

A clean driving license is also preferred.

Recent years has seen a huge demand for qualified Category 2 drivers offering lots of job opportunities across the country. Achieving a Class 2 Driving License involves taking an additional driving course and test on top of a regular car driving license. It would also involve a basic medical test because of the safety precautions around driving a large vehicle. There is also a theory test to undertake before taking the practical exam. There are lots of course available, some offering training in only 5 days.

A Driver CPC stands for Driver Certificate of Professional Competence and must be held by anyone who drives a heavy goods vehicle (HGV), bus or coach professionally. It involves undertaking 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to maintain.

We’re always interested in anyone who is looking to progress their career and join a growing Yorkshire business.

If you are looking for a new job in West Yorkshire or North Yorkshire and a career in waste management and plant services sounds like something that you would enjoy, get in touch. Please send your CV and covering letter to rjcplantservices@gmail.com or call 07824 426776/07710 473526.

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