ENERGY-EFFICIENCY specialist Tadea is creating jobs on Wearside after bringing its hi-tech driving simulator to the A19 Ultra Low-Carbon Vehicle Enterprise Zone.
Effective Transport Solutions is a new division of Billingham-based Tadea-UK, and has moved into the new Future Technology Centre near Nissan.
Nine jobs will be created to run the simulator and teach fleet and professional drivers the skills they need to make their motoring safer, cleaner and cheaper.
Tadea’s managing director Steve Hunter, said: “We wanted to be part of the hub of excellence at Gateshead College’s Barmston Court, and our move to the centre is a culmination of a lot of work with partners in the low-carbon sector.
“This will be the first simulated training facility of its kind for drivers, with state-of-the-art classrooms and highly-skilled trainers.
“The project will involve nine staff and we will be recruiting the first seven to work at Sunderland in the next couple of months.”
Tadea worked with Sunderland City Council to find the right home for its new division.
Council deputy leader Coun Harry Trueman, said: “Sunderland has long enjoyed a reputation as a centre of automotive excellence, thanks to Nissan and its suppliers.
“Now, the low-carbon enterprise zone is enhancing that and offering new incentives and opportunities for companies in this sector to choose Sunderland as a location.
“We are delighted Tadea is bringing its new equipment to the city and that the company is creating additional skilled jobs. We look forward to the launch of the service this summer.”