CAR giant Nissan today launches a drive to fill 50 new posts at its Wearside plant.
The firm is looking to recruit skilled and experienced engineering and maintenance professionals to add to its 6,000+ workforce.
Among the jobs available are electrical and mechanical maintenance technicians, maintenance engineers, facility engineers, and product and process development engineers.
Kevin Fitzpatrick, its vice-president for manufacturing in the UK, said: “Nissan has set a new production record in each of the last three years, and we have launched some truly innovative products in that time from Sunderland, like Juke Nismo and the Leaf.
“We are now looking to fill 50 specialist roles which will help us build on this success, and launch the next new models.
“This is a very exciting period to join Nissan for anyone looking to further their career with a global automotive brand.”
Anyone registering at www.careersatnissan.co.uk will be offered a tour of the production line and the chance to meet staff.
The site also has information and interviews about working at the plant.
The new jobs come as IT giant Microsoft becomes the latest business to sign up to emission-free motoring with Nissan.
The firm has taken delivery of two Leafs, the first all-electric cars to join its staff company car scheme.
The Nissan cars were chosen after Microsoft ran five weeks of trials, inviting 500 UK staff to try a range of electric vehicles.
Microsoft has installed two 32-amp quick chargers at its Reading HQ to allow staff who opt for the Leaf to charge on site.
First to take delivery is Microsoft UK’s partner/channel marketing manager Alex Kureen, who will keep the vehicle for four years and cover about 7,000 miles a year.
Katie Colledge-Price, Microsoft UK’s car benefits manager, said: “As you can imagine at a software company, when we announced the vehicle trial list, we were overwhelmed with staff interest in an advanced piece of technology like the Nissan Leaf.
“During the trial, the Leaf received consistently positive feedback for how enjoyable and calming it is to drive, as well as being a comfortable family vehicle.
“We have installed charging points to encourage staff to consider electric vehicles to help reduce our carbon footprint so we’re now looking forward to welcoming more Leafs to Microsoft UK.” Barry Beeston, Nissan corporate sales director said: “Microsoft UK is at the cutting edge of hi-tech developments so to hear its praise for the Leaf and its technology is particularly pleasing.
“The Leaf represents an excellent solution to cutting any company’s carbon footprint as well as reducing running costs for the end user.
“After a positive trial process, we now look forward to providing more Leafs as staff at Microsoft UK see the benefits of 100 per cent electric vehicles.”