Nissan looks to recruit 50 skilled and experienced maintenance and engineering professionals for the Sunderland plant.
“Nissan has set a new production record in each of the last three years, and we have launched some truly innovative products in that time from Sunderland, like Juke Nismo and the Leaf. We are now looking to fill 50 specialist roles which will help us build on this success, and launch the next new models,” said Kevin Fitzpatrick, its vice-president for manufacturing in the UK.
The announcement about the new jobs comes as IT giant Microsoft recently signed up to emission-free motoring with Nissan. The company has taken two Nissan Leaf EVs for its fleet, after five weeks of testing the vehicles. Microsoft has also installed 32 quick recharging stations at its Reading HQ, so that customers who opt for the Leaf have the possibility to charge on site.
“During the trial, the Leaf received consistently positive feedback for how enjoyable and calming it is to drive, as well as being a comfortable family vehicle. We have installed charging points to encourage staff to consider electric vehicles to help reduce our carbon footprint so we’re now looking forward to welcoming more Leafs to Microsoft UK,” said Katie Colledge-Price, Microsoft UK’s car benefits manager.
In March, Nissan has begun production of its new Leaf at the Sunderland plant, UK, which means that the model is now manufactured on three continents, the other two being the US and Japan. The automaker has made an investment of $635 million to get the plant ready for the new Leaf and its battery production, supporting more than 2,000 jobs in UK’s auto industry.