AV Dawson, owner and operator of Port of Middlesbrough, has become the first business to adopt an innovative new piece of software to support talent acquisition and opportunities around the UK Freeports.
Described as a ‘one-stop-shop’ and a central hub for all employment, career and development opportunities associated with the UK Freeports, Freeport Community is open to businesses looking for talent within the freeport sector and for individuals interested in working within the industry.
The website is powered by an innovative piece of software – ‘KLIK’ – the technology used to power Freeport Community along with other community platforms, which has been created to disrupt and transform the recruitment sector.
Founded by Kelly M. Whitfield, KLIK UK (SaaS) Ltd is the first socially driven platform of its kind. It is designed to bridge the divide between education, aspiration, careers, training and employment, one industry at a time.
AV Dawson is the first ever business to adopt the platform, with many names due to join the platform soon.
Louise Croce, people and culture director at AV Dawson, said:
“We are delighted to have implemented Freeport, powered by KLIK within our business. It’s a unique piece of software we have never used before.
“With the recruitment market becoming increasingly competitive, this platform will be used as an additional approach to acquiring our own talent, while working alongside and supporting other businesses within the Teesside Freeport. The platform allows us to directly connect and collaborate with businesses across the Freeport zones, which is hugely beneficial.”
Platform members can access a wealth of content from a wide range of relevant training courses and are encouraged to engage and interact with other members. Businesses that utilise the platform can benefit from skills-based training, building strong networks, and can also advertise vacancies.
Kelly M. Whitfield, founder and CEO of KLIK UK (SaaS) Ltd, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome AV Dawson as the first adopter of our Freeport Community, powered by KLIK.
For an eminent business such as AV Dawson, to recognise and believe in our innovation, marks an exciting milestone in KLIK’s development.
“This partnership demonstrates the huge potential of what we have created and the mission we are on; to provide the technology to power wholly immersive, connected and engaging communities on-line.
Louise continued: “We are all about collaboration here at AV Dawson and joining forces with businesses who would like to create opportunities across the region is something we are excited to be a part of.
“Developing future talent is something we heavily focus on as a company and inspiring the next generation of leaders is something we absolutely want to do – what better place to do it than right here, right now in Teesside.”
AV Dawson is proud to be part of the Teesside Freeport – the UK’s first and largest Freeport – as a secondary customs zone business.