March 12, 2015

Nissan recruits over 25 new apprentices at its Sunderland plant

Nissan is recruiting over 25 new apprentices to bolster the workforce at its Sunderland plant in the UK.

The company's five year maintenance technician scheme is widely recognised as one of the best in the industry. Once apprentices have completed their training,
they'll be responsible for keeping Nissan's production line running smoothly 24 hours a day.

Starting in September, the new recruits will spend the first year of scheme full time at Gateshead College, spending increasing amounts of time in the plant over the following four years.

As well as Nissan's in-house training, apprentices will also receive a number of nationally recognised qualifications including an extended certificate in Engineering and an HNC in the same subject, as well as NVQs in performing engineering operations and engineered systems.

With growing demand for the apprenticeship positions, potential recruits will need to pass tests for aptitude and practical skills as well as an assessment day.

"We will recruit at least 25 new maintenance technician apprentices as part of the company's ongoing investment in our workforce," said Fitzpatrick, Vice-President for Manufacturing in the UK.

"By the time our latest recruits serve their time they'll have the practical skills and academic qualifications they need to succeed in the automotive industry and just as importantly, they will understand exactly what's needed to keep Britain's biggest car plant running smoothly."

"Apprenticeships have been critical to Nissan's success in the UK, and I'd encourage firms of all shapes and sizes to look at them as a way of growing their business."

Applications for the maintenance technician apprenticeship scheme close on March 20, 2015.


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