Seasonal peaks? Link2Europe provides tire fitters

Driving safely on the right tires? That's what Vulco's tire centers take care of! The change from summer tires to winter tires and vice versa causes a peak rush in these centers twice a year. With Link2Europe's cooperation, it runs like clockwork.

Patrick Van Hemelrijck and his partner Stefaan Houtsaeger run seven branches of Vulco in the Flemish part of the country. Broadly speaking, they replace 60,000 (!) tires twice a year. From mid-October to mid-December and from mid-March to mid-May, it is all hands on deck in the tire plants. During these peak periods, a dozen mechanics join Vulco's permanent team via Link2Europe.

Closer collaboration over the years

Patrick: "Because experienced tire mechanics are scarce on the Belgian labor market, we have been working already ten years with international workforce. Previously that was through another party, until we Link2Europe got to know in 2015.

We were especially triggered at first by their ample service offerings for employees: housing, transportation and support. We are now years down the road. Our expectations in terms of those services have certainly been met, the cooperation is running smoothly and we are satisfied with the quality of the colleagues they select for us.
Over the years, our cooperation has become closer. We feel that the company is growing, both in resources and in people. Also, the number of countries where they operate is increasing. And that reassures us toward the future.

Because we hire our interim mechanics during peak periods, they must be operational from day one are. Work experience is therefore essential. By working with Link2Europe, we get people who have done the job before in the Netherlands or Germany. They have gained the necessary experience and language skills there.
Mounting tires is quite a taxing job. Working hunched over, lifting tires that can weigh up to 50 kg, and in the winter season the colder temperature. A mechanic performs mostly practical operations. The tires must be mounted correctly, for safety, and we also don't want any damage on the rims. Accurate and careful work is key.

We switch on an annual basis a 20 or so temporary mechanics in through Link2Europe, especially from Poland and the Czech Republic. Sometimes it happens that these colleagues stay even after the peak period. It also happened that an employee chose to settle permanently in Belgium, and we hired him. Due to corona we had some additional absences this winter, and here too Link2Europe helped us by sending experienced employees who were no longer needed at another workplace.

International employment, worry-free

International employment is important to our organization, as it ensures that we have sufficient resources to provide optimal service to our clients. Cross-border employment brings with it numerous challenges in terms of social security and labor law, but Link2Europe takes that completely in hand. Even more, they also arrange all administrative and practical aspects, and are ready to follow up with the people themselves. They don't leave them to their own devices, even when things don't go well for once. From experience I know, not every party in the market does that!

In the meantime, we have a "pool" of guys coming back season after season, temporary colleagues who are motivated to work hard and earn pennies. Who know perfectly well how our store runs and where the coffee is ready, concludes Patrick!"

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