Hitachi on track to launch recruitment drive in County Durham

A recruitment drive to ultimately fill more than 700 positions at Hitachi's factory in Newton Aycliffe gets under way within days

Benjamin Mawby, left and Darren Cumner of Hitachi at the Newton Aycliffe complex
Benjamin Mawby, left and Darren Cumner of Hitachi at the Newton Aycliffe complex

A recruitment drive to fill hundreds of jobs at Hitachi Rail Europe’s train manufacturing facility in County Durham will start this week.

The firm’s factory in Newton Aycliffe is due to start making trains for the Great Western and East Coast lines from spring 2016, employing at least 730 workers.

The £2.7bn contract will boost services between London and Scotland, with 866 carriages set to be produced from the facility and trains will start running on the East Coast Main Line in 2018 as part of the government’s multi-billion pound Intercity Express Programme.

Hitachi Rail Europe will launch its recruitment drive for prospective employees across a range of roles on Thursday and next Saturday at recruitment events set to attract hundreds of jobseekers.

The firm said the events at the Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe represent an exciting opportunity for those in the surrounding area who are looking for a new professional challenge, to work for a technologically innovative company which is establishing its long-term presence in the North East.

There will be approximately 200 roles available in 2015 across the company’s engineering, manufacturing, technical and quality assurance teams, in addition to vacancies in facilities management, human resources, communications, finance and procurement.

Visitors to the recruitment events will be able to talk to representatives from the teams above and find out more about the roles on offer.

Ultimately, there will be 730 new jobs created at the Hitachi Rail Vehicle Manufacturing Facility in County Durham, with 400 roles to be filled in 2016, when train production starts.

Julia Potts, HR manager at Hitachi Rail Europe said: “The whole team here in Newton Aycliffe is looking forward to the recruitment events and the chance to talk to potential candidates.

“If you are interested in working with us, please register to come along and see us. We would really like to find out more about you and the kind of skills you can bring to our company.

“If you cannot make it on the day, please don’t worry that this would put you at a disadvantage. You are welcome to register on our recruitment portal for all upcoming vacancies.”

A total of 866 Class 800/801 train carriages have been ordered by the Department of Transport for its Intercity Express Programme which will see Agility Trains – a consortium of Hitachi and John Laing finance – deliver and subsequently maintain the trains for 27.5 years.

Hitachi Rail Europe is also the preferred supplier of trains to Abellio’s ScotRail programme.

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer