Honda’s search for engineers is set to go nationwide following local authority approval for the expansion of its Swindon car manufacturing site. The expansion, which includes a second car plant and a refit of the existing factory involves the recruitment of more than 1,000 staff.
Construction of the second plant at Swindon, which will produce 100,000 vehicles per year, is expected to take two years, with production to start at the end of 2000.
When completed it will bring total employment on-site to 4,000 people. The upgrade of the existing car body and assembly factory is scheduled for completion in 2001. This will raise the site’s capacity to 250,000 vehicles per year. Total capital investment in new plant and machinery will be around £450m.
`We’re recruiting for all positions in the plant, including engineers, production-line staff and support staff,’ a Honda spokeswoman said. `Recruitment of engineers is being run on a nationwide basis, but we may focus on particular areas where there is expertise.’
The company is mainly looking for electrical and mechanical engineers, especially those with an HND background and experience of shopfloor environments, according to the spokeswoman. Engineers will also be involved in project work such a machine installation, purchasing and day-to-day production duties.
Recruitment of production staff has not yet started but will be carried out with a four-month lead time running up to the commissioning of the plant.
The three models being produced at the Swindon site – the European Accord, the five-door Civic and the Aero deck – have more than 90% local European content.
The company estimates that each job created in the factory will lead to the creation of five jobs in the local economy.