Two former Carcraft directors have joined forces in a bid to help more than 500 jobless workers find employment.
Using Facebook, Andy Coulthurst and Robin Bridge launched a recruitment drive for ex-employees who lost their jobs following the company going into administration last Thursday.
The social media group ‘Carcraft people’ allows former employees to post their CVs online, before they are collated for appropriate positions in their local areas.
Already more than 60 job seekers have posted on the page since it was set up on Friday evening.
Passionate recruitment duo, Andy and Robin, believe there are plenty of dealer jobs in the regions where Carcraft had locations.
Devastated to hear the news of the company’s administration last week, the pair’s aim now is simply to connect loyal employees with dealers looking to fill vacancies with experienced candidates.
Now director of Vehicle Trading Group, Robin Bridge left his position of Chief-exec for Carcraft in 2014 but told how the company still very close to his heart.
Disappointed to learn the car supermarket had fallen into administration Robin said he couldn’t leave families on ‘the Carcraft scrap heap’.
Family man Robin, 47, from Manchester, said: “For me I worked at Carcraft for 17 years, my family grew up in the time I worked there and I knew a majority of people who were working there when the company was called a day. Ultimately we knew their families.
“There’s men and women who have worked at Carcraft for more than 30 years, their whole working lives, so for me to learn it was all over was devastating. I have had people in tears on the phone and we wanted to help.
“We hated the thought of people being left on the scrap heap so set up the Facebook group encouraging people to send CVs and asking companies if they had any jobs out there.
“The response has been overwhelming from both sides.”
The group has received posts for around 100 jobs, with interest across the car dealership industry with roles specialising in finance or to IT to car valets and mechanics.
Andy and Robin are offering their wealth of industry contacts and connections in a bid to open doors for others free of charge.
Managing director of Manheim-owned Motors.co.uk, Andy - with the assistance of his work team - will now provide a platform from which former Carcraft employees and dealers can communicate.
Andy, who first started at Carcraft when he was 15-years-old, worked as their Sales Director leaving the company in 2008.
He said: “It was exceptionally sad to see the company go into administration as it was such a huge part of my life for a long time - it was my first ever job.
“The motoring industry is in actual fact booming, the company’s closure is through no fault of the hard workers but reputation issues which have sent it over the edge.
“There are a treasure chest of great workers, from the hub of people working in HR or pay roll to skilled workers on the shop floors.
“With the industry booming we are confident we can help people find roles to match their skills.”
He added: “We set about creating a Facebook hub as soon as we opened for business on Tuesday morning. We will promote this hub to all our dealers by email before the end of the week and we will publish a summary of the candidates by job role and region.
“Dealers will be able to post their vacancies on the hub and we will also provide a dedicated resource for a couple of weeks to update Facebook, forward CVs and respond to any queries from candidates or potential employers.”
The plan has already gained support from key players in the industry. Dylan Haskell of GardX contacted Car Dealer over the weekend posting on the Facebook group: ‘It is fantastic to see the industry coming together to help. There are some great people who worked for the Carcraft business and I am personally committed to spreading the word and pointing dealers at the new Facebook hub.’
Dealers and former Carcraft employees can access the hub at www.facebook.com/carcraftpeople