Easy2Recruit has announced it expects to place its first technicians ‘before the end of the year’ having just launched to the trade at Automechanika Birmingham in June.
The boutique recruitment specialist has promised a new solution to the old and growing problem of filling skills gaps. Most garage owners will need no reminding that finding and retaining qualified staff is among the most urgent challenges the industry faces.
Easy2Recruit was founded by garage owner Ambi Singh who has experienced these issues first-hand, before striking upon the solution of overseas hiring. The process involves applying for a licence to recruit, before going on to offering the role and selecting a candidate.
Ambi Singh, CEO of Easy2Recruit, explained: “Our aim is simply to connect automotive businesses with certified overseas technicians. We can help manage the entire hiring and immigration process to simplify everything from sourcing suitable candidates through to facilitating visa applications and relocations.”
Easy2Recruit emphasises that the processes are transparent. Garages are never ‘tied in’ to using them and the Home Office documentation is available for anyone to access online.
Ambi continued: “We’re just there to help garages more easily navigate what will be an unfamiliar process. We appreciate people may be wary but our message is that we can source top quality vehicle manufacturer-trained technicians at extremely keen rates.”
The benefits for employers are said to go beyond big savings on salary costs. High skills levels are more readily available and those looking to move can be expected to bring not only a strong work ethic but also long-term commitment.
Easy2Recruit partners with several overseas recruitment specialists to find global talent looking to relocate. Retention is expected to be high; the ‘Skilled Worker’ visa requires an ‘eligible job with an approved employer.’ To later change job or employer, technicians must also apply to update their visa.
Ambi concluded: “These aren’t new processes. They’ve been designed to fill labour skills shortages and already used to recruit doctors, nurses, teachers, IT experts and more – now we’re focusing on vehicle technicians.”