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Recruitment: new platform will “revolutionise” the way the industry finds talent

A new recruitment platform designed specifically for the events and experiences industry launched, 30 November.

The Hub, its founder says, will “revolutionise” the way in which the industry finds talent and has been created to connect employers and recruiters to active and pre-qualified candidates via a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform: a cloud-based method of providing a service. It is the first time such a platform has been used for recruitment in the events industry.

Candidates upload their CVs for free enabling employers and recruiters to define their searches, scan pre-qualified CVs, compile shortlists and download their selected CVs. Companies can also create job vacancy adverts, with suitable candidates receiving notifications when relevant vacancies are posted. The site caters for both freelance and permanent roles. 

Robert Kenward (pictured), founder of The Hub said that now was the right time to review how recruitment works in the events industry and predicted that 2021 would see the “largest and fastest growth spurt ever experienced” as events return after the pandemic subsides. “Recruitment will be at the forefront of this growth,” he said. “However, a new beginning needs a new approach. The Hub will revolutionise recruitment by connecting employers and recruiters to pre-qualified, industry relevant candidates, making it easier and faster for employers to access the huge pool of talent that our industry has available.

“As an added benefit, a unique monthly ‘Pulse’ check will ensure the talent pool is kept fresh and only candidates still looking for work are listed.”

Kenward has been an active presence throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, appearing on multiple online events and supporting those who have been made redundant or who have struggled with their mental health.

Multiple event organisations have backed Kenward’s new platform, including the Meetings Industry Association (mia), Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA), ILEA UK, MPI UK&I, Diversity Ally, Fast Forward 15, Eventwell and the IMEX Group.

“We are proud to be working with a number of partners who are at the forefront of our industry, and who are dedicated to improving the lives of those in the sectors we serve,” Kenward added. “We have also committed to support their chosen charities ensuring that as well as helping people find work, we can support those who have other needs too. 

The world has changed, it’s time recruitment did too.”

Interested candidates can upload their CVs at TheHub.Jobs

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group said the events industry has a “long and successful” history of working together and we believe that continued collaboration will underpin the sector’s recovery. “Recruitment is set to play a crucial part in helping the sector build back up and The Hub is a vital tool in supporting talent,” she added.

Jane Longhurst, chief executive of the Meetings Industry Association (mia) said the Hub “is likely to be of great benefit to our members, who will be able to take advantage from preferential rates when posting vacancies and searching the sector-specific website for candidates.” 

Helen Moon, chief executive and founder of EventWell said that the link between wellbeing and the sense of routine and purpose that being in paid work can provide is well documented. “We know that poor mental health increases for those out of work and, we also know that the recruitment process itself can be incredibly stressful, particularly right now with so many more people applying for the same position,” she said.

 

Diversity and inclusion will soon become “part of the fabric” of the events community, said Gabby Austen-Browne, co-founder of Diversity Ally. “Recruitment and the talent pipeline is a part of the puzzle towards a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce, which can only benefit our industry,” she added.