First Class aim to benefit from transferable skills to boost workforce

The specialist recruiting firm is creating five new consultant roles and is aiming to attract engineers from other sectors

James Gill, Director of First Class Technical Recruitment
James Gill, Director of First Class Technical Recruitment

A specialist employment firm aims to fill five new consultant roles by encouraging workers from other sectors to transfer their skills to the recruitment industry.

First Class Technical, which has offices in Newcastle, Aberdeen and Middlesbrough, is expanding as a result of the company’s success in helping engineers transition across industry sectors, helped by its team of recruiters who have strong engineering backgrounds.

The firm serves sectors including oil and gas, chemical and pharmaceuticals, has achieved positive growth in the last year, recording record turnover in 2014 and winning a number of significant national clients.

And the business has carved out a strong niche in its market as its consultants apply their technical knowledge to understand the specialist requirements of industry employers.

The company has an excellent success rate, with more than 95% of First Class Technical Recruitment candidates are offered positions by its clients.

James Gill, director of First Class Technical Recruitment, said: “We are enjoying a strong period of growth, which has been built upon the extensive engineering knowledge and experience of our consultants.

“Encouraging engineers to transition into the recruitment sector has proven to be a successful formula for our business as it enables us to have an in-depth and practical understanding of our clients’ requirements.” “Having transferable skills is a major advantage in the current industrial climate.

“There is a real appetite among our clients to bring engineers with transferable skills and experience into their businesses and it is a practice we also use in the recruitment of new consultants.

“For those looking for a change of direction, these roles offer a fresh challenge while still allowing them to apply the wealth of experience and knowledge they’ve built up over the years.”

Paul Carruthers, oil and gas consultant, who spent more than 30 years in the industry before joining First Class Technical Recruitment, said: “The company’s ethos of employing experienced engineers has opened up new opportunities for me.

“It has been a great way to put the skills I’ve gained during my career to use by helping organisations and individuals within the industry to get connected.”


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