NISSAN’s Sunderland Plant is giving the engineers of tomorrow the chance to launch a career with the UK’s biggest car producer.
Twenty-five new apprentice posts have been created at the factory as it cements its reputation in helping Wearsiders get a foot on the car industry ladder.
The move will see the number of apprentices taken on at the plant since it was established in 1984 rise to 1,058.
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK, said: “We are proud to support apprenticeships and would encourage other companies to do the same.
“Hiring apprentices is a tried and tested way of investing in the future of the company, at the same time as giving our staff the practical skills and academic qualifications they will need for a successful career.”
The 25 vacancies are for trainee maintenance technicians, who will train to work in the team which maintains the plant’s production facilities. Those accepted will start their on-the-job training in September.
The five-year scheme combines theoretical and practical skills, giving successful applicants the chance to work towards nationally-recognised qualifications through on-the-job and academic training, while earning a competitive salary.
The first year is spent completing off-the-job-training at the Gateshead College Skills Academy and the remaining four years in the plant, working with up-to-date manufacturing equipment, with day release at college.
As well as receiving all the skills and knowledge they will require for their job, the new apprentices will study towards nationally-recognised qualifications developed with NA College and Gateshead College, including NVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations; NVQ Level 3 Engineered Systems; Certificate in Engineering; Extended Diploma in Engineering and Foundation Degree in Maintenance Engineering.
Applicants must be aged 16 or over on September 1, 2011. The minimum academic qualifications are at least 4 GCSEs, including Grade A or B in Mathematics; Grade A-C in English; Grade A-C in a science-based subject and Grade A-C in at least one other subject. Equivalent qualifications will also be considered.
Anybody interested should call the Nissan Training Section on 418 4219.