UK marketing director Ben Maughan
Jamie Hardesty

International recruitment app chooses North East for UK launch

Recruitment app HiUp, which believes it will do for the recruitment industry what Uber has done for taxis, has chosen the North East for its national launch.

The app allows jobseekers to create their own virtual CV and then finds jobs that match with their specific skills and experience, at the same time identifying training they could carry out to improve their employability.

The company’s UK marketing director is Newcastle-born Ben Maughan, who wanted to use his home city to launch the app in this country.

Ben explained: “The results so far have been unbelievable. HiUp was developed because we believed that the traditional recruitment agency model needed to be changed, as a lot of the time people were chasing work that they weren’t qualified for.

“This app isn’t just for jobseekers however. It’s a useful tool for recruitment agencies themselves to change the way they work and for training providers, colleges and universities who can use the platform to deliver courses to people anywhere in the world.”

HiUp was the brainwave of serial Irish entrepreneur, Brendan Kavanagh, who set up his own training company ten years ago which saw him win contracts with a range of major household names.

The business boss was then asked by Tesco to develop a health and safety training app which was so successful it was rolled out to a number of other leading companies including Pepsi, Pfizer and Lidl.

Realising that the training app had even more potential, it was decided last year to develop it for the recruitment business – and so HiUp was born.

The app is free to download and jobseekers can then create their own virtual CV, immediately receiving information about jobs relevant for them.

At the same time, they are able to apply to take part in accredited online courses which help improve their jobs prospects across a range of sectors, including health and safety, construction, manufacturing, health care, retail and customer service.

“One of the most attractive aspects for employers is that they will no longer have to pay fees to recruitment agencies,” continued Ben.

“They can access a wealth of potential employees with relevant qualifications, or can even use the app to identify courses which will improve the skills of their existing employees by getting them to register.

“There is no doubt at all that we are revolutionising the world of recruitment and I’m delighted that we were able to choose the North East as the first place in the country to showcase HiUp.”

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