Alstom seeks to hire workers from Rolls-Royce's Ansty site

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Alstom has announced that it is interested in hearing from engineers and project managers currently working at Rolls-Royce’s defence operations in Ansty.

Alstom is looking to recruit more than 50 people for its Rugby site, which, in addition to its steam turbine engineering and project management businesses, hosts a research and development facility working on technology for the energy sector. In addition, the company has a turbine service factory that works on worldwide power station projects.

Iain Rutherford, Rugby-based unit managing director for technology, said: ‘As a company, Alstom currently has the openings for engineers, scientists and project managers, and I’m sure that many people working in Ansty would have transferrable skills that we could put to good use.

‘Despite the global recession, Alstom continues to win new orders, including a contract to retrofit six steam turbines for a South African power station to help make it more efficient and so reduce its CO2 emissions, together with orders from China and Hong Kong.

‘We also like to think that we offer people real development and career opportunities, which I’m sure would make us extremely appealing to many of the people at Rolls-Royce who might be worrying about their long-term future.

‘Clearly we’re an international company, with opportunities worldwide, but we also believe it is absolutely essential we keep the technical and engineering skills we have in the region here to ensure we are able to support the UK and global markets for many years to come.’

In separate news, Alstom, with consortium partner Sumitomo Corporation of Japan, has been awarded an EPC contract by Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to build the 850MW North Bangkok combined-cycle power plant (CCPP) Block 2 and supply its equipment.