Charles Hurst Group owner Lookers launches major drive to hire 100 new technicians

Charles Hurst to add 25 new technician roles in Northern Ireland

Charles Hurst Group owner Lookers plc has launched a new campaign to recruit 100 technicians across its UK & Ireland network of 152 dealerships and is urging local skilled and graduate technicians to see what is on offer.

Charles Hurst Group Operations Director Jeff McCartney
Pictured is Jeff McCartney, Group Operations Director at Charles Hurst.

Around 25 of the new roles will be created at Charles Hurst in Northern Ireland.

With over 100 years’ experience in the automotive industry, Lookers employs almost 7,000 staff and is one of the most successful and progressive car retailers in the UK and Ireland. The company – which employs over 900 staff in Northern Ireland – continues to invest millions of pounds in new state-of-the-art facilities across the group and in its staff.

The fresh recruitment drive to fill 100 new, permanent technician roles will offer tech-savvy and innovatively-minded applicants a rewarding career at the forefront of the motor industry with industry-leading pay, benefits and training for applicants who make the cut.

Charles Hurst Group owner Lookers launches major drive to hire 100 new technicians

With a basic salary ranging from £26,000 to £34,000 per annum and the potential to earn up to £39,000 a year, in addition to uncapped bonus opportunities for recruits keen to excel, successful candidates can expect to further benefit from ongoing, best-in-class skills development, training and flexible working in a collaborative, team-focused environment.

Other benefits include access to health and wellbeing support and enhanced maternity and paternity allowances.

Chris Whitaker joined Lookers earlier this year as Chief People Officer with a dedicated focus on driving the company’s employee programme to industry-leading standards.

“At Lookers, we recognise that it’s our people who drive our success and investing in our future skilled and graduate talent is a key priority for us. Over many years, we’ve focused on cultivating an inclusive, diverse work culture and transformed our employee programme to lead the sector in terms of benefits to provide a really great place to work,” Chris said.

We’ve taken time to benchmark ourselves within the industry across a range of areas and have integrated a new, people-focused programme that really sets us apart. We’ve worked hard to develop new industry-leading pay plans and revised working hours based on staff feedback to reflect a better work/life balance.

With a strong focus on health and wellbeing and driving employees forward, we’re all about progression and providing career development opportunities – that’s why we’ve revamped our training programme to incorporate additional modules, including a focus on electric vehicles to future-proof technicians for the electric vehicle revolution,” Chris added.

Lookers is also committed to adding a further 180 apprenticeships across its network during this year – its largest ever apprenticeship intake – as a further sign of its confidence and ambition for the future. Apprentices will join the business across a variety of roles, including parts advisors, service technicians and customer service advisors. 

Lookers’ apprenticeship programme is recognised nationally as one of the top apprenticeship opportunities with Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship employer status.

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Lookers’ Chief Operating Officer Duncan McPhee said:

“The UK motoring industry is at an exciting stage of growth and we’re experiencing a welcome surge in demand for both new and used vehicles, as well as increasing enquiries for next-generation electric vehicles as a result of advancing technology and climate-friendly regulations, which are forcing a rapid change in mindset.

The opportunities for skilled, experienced and graduate employees have never been greater and we’re proud to be offering real and substantive salaries, benefits and an unrivalled friendly, supportive working environment to every new recruit. Lookers is future-focused and we want more people to join us on our journey.”

Founded in 1908, Lookers is one of the largest multi-franchise dealer groups in the UK and Ireland, representing 33 volume and premium car manufacturers and specialising in new and used electric car sales across a network of over 150 franchised locations.

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Leanne is the editor in chief of BELFAST.CO.UK.