Autotech Group

Established in 2010, Autotech Recruit aimed to fill a gap in the automotive aftermarket for temporary vehicle technicians and MOT testers. The business works with 80% of Motor Trader’s Top 200 dealers and is said to be one of the automotive aftermarket’s leading one-stop-shop for recruitment and training solutions.

  • Autotech has launched a new division to support the industry called Autotech Academy, which creates a unique route into the industry for qualifying automotive students. The academy works as a conduit between further education colleges and automotive employers by identifying students who are either working towards or have a Level 3 qualification and employing them as interns.
  • Over the last year, more than 200 interns have been placed with 85% securing full-term employment with dealerships including BMW, Volvo, Halfords along with fast-fit centres and the police. This initiative helped young people forge an automotive career, and it has also created another recruitment route for the industry.
  • A paid-for benefit at Autotech, Talentr adds another layer of service for clients. Advertising a permanent position, a company can communicate their brand by incorporating videos and audio. A visual job board is automatically integrated into Autotech Recruit’s API which has a focused, automotive audience of 14,000. Each position is also fed through Autotech Recruit’s social channels and clients have cited an 80% increase in conversion by using Talentr.

Judges’ comment

“To decide our winner, we were looking for an organisation who not only had a strong growth story and demonstrated a focus on looking after their employees but also had a clear and deep connection to their market. We wanted to see evidence of going above and beyond, in terms of supporting the sector through innovative thinking, developing future talent pools as well as working with those in the sector already and using technology to support their objectives. Our winner stood out in all these respects. Autotech Recruit is a well-established organisation which extensively contributes to its sector through involvement with trade bodies, seminars and broader engagement beyond simply providing recruitment services. It has clearly understood the long-term need for well-qualified staff in a market and we were impressed by the company’s development of an Academy and other initiatives to bring new entrants into the sector and upskill those already in it. We also felt that the willingness to bring innovative business models into the automotive market was impressive and congratulate them on a well-deserved win.”