spotlight on Low Cost Vans
The Job Interview: Low Cost Vans' Rod Lloyd and Lorraine Kitchin - Photograph: Ryan Mcnamara/Channel 4
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A NEW reality TV series puts the spotlight on Low Cost Vans in the first episode of Channel 4’s “The Job Interview” – with MD Rod Lloyd in the starring role of inquisitor alongside HR manager Lorraine Kitchin.

The programme bringing the company massive exposure outlines how Rod started working at his father’s car lot in Neath on the outskirts of Swansea at the age of seven and his father came to work for him when Rod established his van hire company in 1997. Low Cost Vans now have over 40 employees and are still growing.

A new fixed-rig format that follows the interview process for real jobs being offered by genuine employers. It uses multiple cameras to reveal in detail for the first time the terror and triumph of real-life interviews, highlighting every aspect from handshake to potentially life-changing job offer.

Channel 4 says: “This series takes us right into the heart of one of Britain’s last ‘secret spaces’ – the interview room.  It’s simple and authentic:  just real candidates battling it out against each other in pursuit of real jobs, filmed in microscopic detail to capture every nuance.

“Rod Lloyd, the founder and chief executive officer of Low Cost Vans, has built his success on hiring, inspiring and motivating the right people – while also occasionally making them laugh.

“Over the years, he has handpicked individuals who share his strong work ethic, passion for business and belief that a company such as Low Cost Vans can also make an important contribution to society and the local economy – the business brings money into his home country, generating jobs and wealth and he is proud of that.

“Known for his firm but fair management style he invests heavily in training and energising what he acknowledges to be his company’s greatest asset – his people.

“Lorraine moved to Wales in 1984 from London and hasn’t looked back. From a young age she wanted to be a fashion designer, but soon realised HR was the best route to go down. She has conducted thousands of interviews throughout her career and was a key part of the success of the growth of Low Cost Vans.

“Rod and Lorraine have worked together for 15 years, 10 of which have been at LCV. They worked closely at a different company and when Rod set up his company he knew he wanted to take Lorraine with him.

“When recruiting, the pair have different approaches – Rod leads with his heart and wants to give everyone a chance, Lorraine leads firmly with her head and they have been known to disagree.”

So how does “The Job Interview” pan out? You’ll have to watch it on Channel 4 at 9pm on Tuesday, July 12. For a taster, click on the arrow below.

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