Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Nissan Announces Apprentice Boost

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Nissan Announces Apprentice Boost

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NISSAN'S recordbreaking Sunderland plant has announced 25 new apprenticeships.

Announced to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, the posts - part of the prestigious Trainee Maintenance Technician Scheme - will take the number of apprentices taken on at the plant to 1,073 in its 26-year history.

The latest group will become part of the highly-skilled maintenance team who maintain the production facilities at the plant, which employs more than 5,000 workers.

The structured programme leads to a foundation degree and those accepted will also learn the Nissan Production Way - the foundation of the company's manufacturing excellence.

The roles form part of an ongoing recruitment campaign for engineers and maintenance technicians as preparations continue for the launch of the new battery plant, production of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF and high demand for the crossover models Qashqai and Juke continues.

Employment recently hit a record at the plant with more than 5,400 staff on site.

Nissan Sunderland's engineering director, Richard Ebrahim, who started his own career as an apprentice, said: "We are proud to support apprenticeships and would like to see more companies in our region doing so.

"Hiring apprentices is a tried and tested way of investing in the future of the company.

"It supports the development of future managers and directors, giving our staff the practical skills and academic qualifications they will need for a successful career. "We are looking for ambitious, intelligent people with a desire to learn and work hard. In return they are guaranteed a challenging and rewarding career at a company that is at the forefront of the UK manufacturing industry." Nissan Sunderland manufactured 480,485 vehicles in 2010, which accounted for more than one-in-three of all passenger cars produced in the UK and broke the plant's own all-time record for UK car manufacturing. …

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