News RECRUIT­MENT DRIVE

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Ama­zon As­ton Martin Meg­git

JUST who are the big com­pa­nies who will be re­cruit­ing in Coven­try and War­wick­shire this year?

Jaguar Land Rover’s re­mark­able growth shows no signs of abat­ing and in ad­di­tion to the reg­u­lar va­can­cies the com­pany is try­ing to fill the chances of it launch­ing a ded­i­cated recruit­ment drive around a new project can­not be ruled out.

Spec­u­la­tion con­tin­ues about the car maker’s long-term plans for elec­tric ve­hi­cle and bat­tery mak­ing in Coven­try and 2018 could be the year the com­pany takes some big steps in this di­rec­tion.

War­wick­shire pres­tige car maker As­ton Martin is also en­joy­ing some­thing of a re­nais­sance and fur­ther growth and job op­por­tu­ni­ties on the back of it could also be on the cards.

How­ever one of the big­gest sin­gle job cre­ation ini­tia­tives will come with the devel­op­ment at Ama­zon’s new dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre, in Coven­try.

In ad­di­tion Global trans­port and lo­gis­tics com­pany Kuehne + Nagel is be­lieved to be the new ten­ant at a huge dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre at Whit­ley Busi­ness Park in Coven­try, which was re­cently sold for a whop­ping £41m.

If that opens in 2018 it will cre­ate sev­eral hun­dred jobs, pos­si­bly even more.

An­other op­por­tu­nity on the em­ploy­ment front could come via the Lon­don Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Com­pany (for­merly the Lon­don Taxi Com­pany). The man­u­fac­turer of the fa­mous Lon­don taxi is wind­ing down pro­duc­tion of its old diesel model at its Holy­head Road fac­tory, re­plac­ing it with a new elec­tric taxi be­ing built at a pur­pose­built fac­tory in An­sty Park.

Ama­zon has started re­cruit­ing for staff at its new dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre in Coven­try, which is due to open this year.

The re­tailer has pledged to re­cruit more than 1,650 per­ma­nent jobs at the site of its Ful­fil­ment Cen­tre, coun­ter­ing claims to the con­trary that just 800 jobs would be cre­ated.

Ama­zon is build­ing a huge ware­house the size of eight foot­ball pitches on the site on the site of the for­mer Jaguar Browns Lane fac­tory. The 40,000 sq m fa­cil­ity in Coundon Wedge Drive was given the green light by Coven­try City Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee in Novem­ber 2016.

Ama­zon is cur­rently fill­ing se­nior man­age­ment and other roles at the new fa­cil­ity.

In due course Coven­try Job­cen­tre Plus will be help­ing to re­cruit peo­ple to work there too.

Global trans­port and lo­gis­tics com­pany Kuehne + Nagel is be­lieved to be the new ten­ant at a huge dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre at Whit­ley Busi­ness Park in Coven­try.

Travis Perkins Prop­er­ties han­dled the sale of the 214,000 sq ft dis­tri­bu­tion unit on a site of 22 acres at Scim­i­tar Way to Equites In­ter­na­tional.

Kuehne + Nagel has op­er­a­tions all over the world, in­clud­ing many through­out the UK.

It al­ready has sev­eral cen­tres in the Mid­lands, in­clud­ing two in Birm­ing­ham and two in Coleshill, as well as op­er­a­tions in Min­worth, Tam­worth and Le­ices­ter.

It is not known yet what its plans are for Whit­ley Busi­ness Park but its move there could po­ten­tially cre­ate hun­dreds of jobs.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion for the huge build­ing was granted in De­cem­ber 2014 and it was orig­i­nally cre­ated as a re­gional dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre for Travis Perkins.

How­ever, the com­pany’s plans changed and it was sub­se­quently de­cided to sell it.

Jaguar Land Rover is un­der­go­ing mas­sive ex­pan­sion at its Whit­ley site, with even more plans in the pipe­line.

The car maker’s growth in Coven­try is linked to a re­cent an­nounce­ment to cre­ate a na­tional cen­tre to de­velop bat­ter­ies for the elec­tric ve­hi­cles of the fu­ture.

It has been pre­dicted up to 10,000 new jobs could be cre­ated in Coven­try and War­wick­shire as a re­sult of the Gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion to site the Na­tional Bat­tery Man­u­fac­tur­ing Devel­op­ment Fa­cil­ity (NBMDF) at Whit­ley.

It rep­re­sents £80mil­lion of gov­ern­ment fund­ing and in it­self is ex­pected to cre­ate just 100 jobs.

How­ever, the NBMDF is seen very much as a cat­a­lyst for what might fol­low in its wake and thought to have the po­ten­tial to un­lock 10,000 new jobs.

Jaguar Land Rover cur­rently has al­most 300 va­can­cies.

To find out what’s on of­fer job­wise click here https://jobs.jaguar­lan­drover­ca­reers.com/

War­wick­shire car maker As­ton Martin cur­rently has 34 jobs up for grabs, most of which are based at its head­quar­ters in Gay­don.

Some of the roles are at As­ton Martin’s new fac­tory in St Athan in South Wales, where it will build its DBX cross­over model.

Although pro­duc­tion vol­umes are small as a niche car maker, As­ton Martin nonethe­less has am­bi­tious growth tar­gets as part of its 21st cen­tury plan.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Andy Palmer has pledged to de­liver con­tin­ued growth, bring new mod­els to mar­ket and to cre­ate more jobs.

To see the va­can­cies As­ton Martin is cur­rently try­ing to fill click here http://ca­reers. as­ton­martin.com/cw/en/list­ing/

Lon­don Taxi Com­pany’s new man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in An­sty Park rep­re­sents a £325 mil­lion in­vest­ment by the com­pany’s Chi­nese own­ers Geely.

The site is the lo­ca­tion for the pro­duc­tion of the next gen­er­a­tion of the Lon­don taxi, the hy­brid TX model, as well as other forth­com­ing mod­els.

In July this year the com­pany an­nounced a name change from the Lon­don Taxi Com­pany (LTC) to the Lon­don Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Com­pany (LEVC) – mean­ing ‘taxi’ will not form part of its name for the first time since it was founded in 1948.

LEVC cur­rently has a small num­ber of roles ad­ver­tised on its web­site, span­ning en­gi­neer­ing and sales but adds that it is grow­ing and keen to hear from peo­ple in­ter­ested in work­ing there.

Aerospace com­pany Meg­gitt has un­veiled plans to build a £130m ‘su­per site’ in An­sty.

The plans also re­veal that the com­pany plans to shut down its sites in Hol­brook Lane, in Coven­try; Wharf­dale Road, in Birm­ing­ham; and Maiden­head with a view to re­lo­cat­ing staff to the new “hub”.

The com­pany plans to have the new 440,000 sq ft cen­tre up and run­ning by the end of 2019.

It is not yet known whether the new site will cre­ate any new roles but a memo, from chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Tony Wood, stated the new site at An­sty would “pro­vide longer em­ploy­ment se­cu­rity and growth for up to 1,000 col­leagues.”

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