Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

Workforce helps dozens of redundant Toys R Us staff into new jobs

Dozens of workers left out of a job by the collapse of Toys R Us have been helped to find new roles, thanks to a leading Coventry recruitment firm.

Workforce Staffing acted swiftly once it was confirmed the toy giant’s 100 UK stores were to close – with recruitment consultants matching up staff based at Toys R Us’ distribution centre in Coventry with similar jobs in and around the city.

Thousands of staff across the UK are being made redundant following the collapse of the 70-year-old US retailer.

Stuart Biggs, branch manager at Workforce Staffing, said: “We had worked with Toys R Us for four years, filling their vacancies with skilled people in a range of roles at their massive Coventry distribution site, so we knew exactly the sort of talent and experience that the workers had and how they would be ideal for some of our other clients.”

Around 40 candidates were signed up by Workforce Staffing, which has found jobs for Toys R Us staff in various roles with companies across the region - from production and general operative positions, through to maintenance engineers and team leaders.

Stuart added: “We spent three days on site at Toys R Us, speaking to and registering candidates who wanted to find alternative work. I’m very proud of the way we managed to turn things around for so many workers during an obviously troubling time for them and their families.”

Workforce Staffing employs over 100 people between its branches in Birmingham, Solihull, Redditch, Worcester, Kidderminster, Dudley, Coventry and Rugby. The business was launched in 2003 by brothers Paul and Joe Alekna. Paul is now the group’s CEO, with Joe as managing director.