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Recruitment firm celebrates a prestigious award

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Talent Connect Group, based in Northampton – the heart of the UK’s automotive sector – has won the prestigious 30 Under 30 award, voted by a panel of industry experts from the vehicle repair supply chain. 

This award embodies what is best about the UK accident repair industry. The winners come from a wide range of job functions and across almost every part of the vehicle repair supply chain, including apprentices and technicians, business owners and managers, administration, marketing, recruitment, engineers, suppliers, distribution and insurance.

Talent Connect: Meet the team…

Neil Whitaker has more than 30 years’ experience supporting our clients with automotive recruitment. Neil has a wide network of candidates and clients and recruits for technicians, management, sales, service, parts, marketing, insurance, finance and to director level.

Hannah Stride heads up our automotive recruitment division, specialising in SMART, Paint, Panel, MET, Mechanics, MOT Testers, Vehicle Damage Assessors through to Workshop and Bodyshop Management. 

Hannah has a real understanding and passion for the automotive sector and the ever changing and advancements in new technologies, such as EV, Connected Vehicles, Autonomous and AI. 

Gene Kennedy manages our Professional Services and Automotive Insurance division, working with several of the leading accident management companies on First Notification of Loss, Personal Injury Claims and with Fleet Team Leaders.

Gene also has a technical aspect to his role as the automotive sector transitions from personal liability to product liability as AV and software increasingly make our driving decisions. Gene provides our clients with access to the best, most engaged and qualified candidates within the UK insurance sector.

Katie Frost heads up our Candidate Experience team. She works with our candidates and our automotive clients to fully understand their recruitment needs and match the best people to that perfect career move. 

Katie believes that a great candidate experience is how a job seeker perceives a company’s brand throughout the hiring process, from the description of the job role, the interview process to follow-up communication. 

She says that each part of the recruitment process provides an opportunity for everyone to build a strong candidate relationship, to build your brand and to show each candidate why they should work for your business.

Tia Wilkes and Chloe Lee both work within the Candidate Experience team and liaise daily with both our candidates and clients, understanding what each candidate’s career goals are, supporting them with any required training needs and updating them on new job opportunities which match their specific career goals.

The team also provides the business daily updates on the availability of various automotive skill sets, salaries and other market data.

The Right Person & Approach…

Talent Connect brings together great people looking to hire their first or additional employee within the automotive repair, insurance and professional services sector.

We bring over 40 years of recruitment experience and our passion has always been to provide and develop leading recruitment services for both our candidates and clients. We work to partner with you as your recruiter of choice, be it for implementing recruitment services or talent products but always with the focus on building an incredible candidate and client experience. 

We understand that recruiting great talent is much more than merely a matter of reading a CV. Talent Connect offers a complete recruitment solution built around the candidate and client, be it a permanent, interim, or contract hire, and we strongly believe in really getting to know both our clients and customers as we believe in building long lasting client and candidate partnerships.

The Growing Skills Gap…

Ever aware of the growing skills gap in the automotive sector, Talent Connect recently announced their partnership with RWC Training an IMI Accredited Training Centre. 

Together we cover more than 200 world-class courses and certification training with industry-recognised qualifications. We provide initial consultation on your individual training needs – focused on the needs of your employees and the  business – skills training either on site or from our well-equipped training facility in Milton Keynes.

Talent Connect is also affiliated with several industry partners as well as schools and colleges to promote career opportunities in the automotive sector to students and the next generation of talent.

We are all committed to reversing the skills shortage, bringing new blood into the industry today and ensuring the qualified talent of tomorrow.

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