Chamber Work Inspiration Group announces fifth and final success story

02 June 2023

In the autumn of 2022 Solihull Chamber’s Work Inspiration Group (WIG) set up an ambitious project to identify opportunities for businesses to engage with ‘hard to reach’ individuals seeking employment and career opportunities.

The WIG, led by Amanda Holden, a Partner at The Wilkes Partnership, is made-up of members from the Solihull Chamber Executive Committee.

The inspirational and positive examples of local employers have been brought to life with the support of Lee Jamieson, vice-principal at the Solihull and Stratford College and the expertise of media ‘boot camp’ students in a series of video.

In the fifth and final video in the series we hear from Andrew Landell (pictured), managing director of LTK Consultants Ltd based in the Birmingham Business Park. 

LTK was established in 2007 and prides itself on its extensive knowledge of the automotive sector, ranging from vehicle manufacturing to dealer networks and independent suppliers.

With over 70 combined years of knowledge and experience enables the LTK team can deliver advanced solutions tailored to the specific requirements of their clients within the automotive industry.

When LTK was looking to extend their team they were faced with recruitment challenges many of which were as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and especially the rise in hybrid-working.  Like many local businesses the Company struggled to identify people who wanted to work in the office.

Recent research shows that nearly 7 out of 10 employers are experiencing recruitment difficulties.

Following the success of the Commonwealth Games LTK attended a Solihull Chamber event and heard about the work of the SMBC Employment and Skills team which led him to take a stand at a recruitment event.  The event attracted hundreds of people - all potential employees.

Managing director Andrew Landell explained: “Having a stand at the event allowed people to come and talk to us. There was just a buzz.  We wouldn't have been able to achieve that just by posting on a job board”.

Andrew’s advice to other employers is “Think outside of the box. The SMBC Employment and Skills team provides a different avenue and a great opportunity to access a wider scope of individuals than you would largely get just from your job advert. The SMBC Team has helped us identify suitable candidates for roles at LTK.”

View Andrew’s success story here.

If you are one of the 68 per cent of employers facing recruitment difficulties, you can find out more by contacting the SMBC Employment and Skills team on 0121 704 6869 or employerengagementteam@solihull.gov.uk

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