News RECRUITMENT DRIVE
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.”