Two former directors of the car supermarket group Carcraft, which was placed into administration at the end of April, have come together to launch a brand new recruitment portal for ex-employees.
Based on a Facebook platform, the intention is to help around 500 former Carcraft employees to find work quickly within the industry, while also helping dealers to recruit experienced, knowledgeable staff without the need to pay agency commission.
Robin Bridge, director at Vehicle Trading Group, moved on from the Carcraft business in 2014, while Andy Coulthurst, managing director of Manheim-owned Motors.co.uk, was sales director of Carcraft until 2008. Coulthurst started working for the Rochdale-based business as a car parts assistant when aged just fifteen.
Bridge and Coulthurst’s plan hinges on the fact that there are currently plenty of dealer jobs in the regions where Carcraft had locations. Their aim is simply to connect previous Carcraft employees with dealers looking to fill vacancies with experienced candidates.
Bridge will collate the CVs of interested people and has already more than 40 documents since posting a message on social media Friday evening. Coulthurst, with the assistance of his team at Motors.co.uk, have provided a hub from which dealers and former Carcraft employees can communicate.
Bridge explained: “I set the ball rolling on Friday evening with a post on social media. Since then we have had a huge number of CVs come across and expect to see more in the coming days. Key industry players have already stepped in offering positions for sales executives, call centre staff and IT-related roles. The next stage of boosting awareness and access should really help things move along.”
Coulthurst continued: “The Motors.co.uk team set about creating a Facebook hub as soon as we opened for business on Tuesday morning. We will publish a summary of the candidates by job role and region. Dealers will also be able to post their vacancies on the hub and we will provide a dedicated resource for a couple of weeks to update Facebook, forward CVs and respond to any queries from either candidates or potential employers.”
The plan is already gaining support from the industry. Dylan Haskell of GardX contacted Car Dealer Magazine over the weekend: “It is fantastic to see the industry coming together to help. There are some great people that worked for the Carcraft business and I am personally committed to spreading the word and pointing dealers at the new Facebook hub.”
Automotive businesses who would like to post vacancies may share them for free on the hub at www.facebook.com/carcraftpeople.
Previous Carcraft employees can also send their CV to firstname.lastname@example.org for circulation to potential new employers.