As its business grows and with another new model on the horizon, Vauxhall has confirmed that it will take on 550 new employees at its manufacturing sites in Ellesmere Port and Luton, the first significant new-hire programme for a decade.
Around 300 new jobs will be created at the Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire. The plant currently operates on two shifts, but as sales volumes build more employees will be needed to cope with the increased output. The new jobs will be phased in over the first quarter of 2015.
In 2012, Ellesmere Port won the contract to build the next-generation Astra; this agreement runs into the next decade and secured a £125 million investment. Production begins towards the end of 2015.
Also looking forward to a bright future is Vauxhall’s Luton plant, where a second shift is to be added in January 2015, creating around 250 new jobs. The Luton facility builds the recently launched all-new Vivaro van and will be taking on these new employees to increase output next year. In 2011, Luton won the contract to build the new Vivaro, entailing a £185 million investment.
“This is great news for Vauxhall and for British manufacturing,” said Tim Tozer, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. “Both of our UK manufacturing plants have won long contracts with all-new product and, as the business strengthens, we now need to take on more people to build these exciting new Vauxhalls.”
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