Astute: a recruiter for the EfW industry

Astute: a recruiter for the EfW industry

Astute has been at the forefront of EfW recruitment in the UK since its inception in 2006, with founder and managing director Terry Buckel involved since 2003.

As former Royal Navy power generation engineer/ manager, Terry was keen to specialise in this sector – thus Astute has a strong focus on all technologies relating to power generation.

Astute has grown from focusing on operations and maintenance roles in EfW and conventional power stations, to spanning all aspects of design, engineering, construction, commissioning, and project management. 

Astute has also moved into related industries including waste management, nuclear, renewables, water, and manufacturing.

After year-on-year growth, we now have a team over 50 strong, ensuring we can manage your recruitment needs in the UK and overseas. We are also ISO9001 accredited. 

When it comes to finding staff for a brand-new facility, Astute has the experience and knowledge to deliver. Our 'crewing-up' service has been our flagship service since 2007.

Since then, we have successfully delivered over 25 different projects during the mobilisation phase, ranging from a fully outsourced recruitment package at a large 65MW facility with over 50 staff, to smaller projects supporting to a client’s own efforts. But in each instance, Astute was engaged on an exclusive basis.

"But why use a recruiter?” some may say. A good recruiter will add a lot of value to your business by accessing the best talent and giving you the opportunity to consider them. A good recruiter will work tirelessly, leaving no stone unturned. 

So, if you want the best people to choose from, building a relationship with a recruiter who is experienced and knowledgeable in your sector is invaluable. But only use one agency: when you find the right one and have built up a level of trust, they will drop everything for you when needed.

Case study

Astute was contracted by Urbaser Balfour Beatty to deliver a fully outsourced recruitment service for staff at a new EfW facility in Gloucester in 2018 during the mobilisation phase. This included management roles, all operational shift teams, engineers, maintenance technicians, and others.

We utilised an industry expert to boost the expertise of the selection process, and the whole project was delivered on time and to budget. Astute’s experience in this area, having previously completed many similar projects, helped the client to be in a position to take over the plant with the right people.