Scores of jobseekers attended a recruitment open day to find out more about a business which plans to revive the clothing manufacturing industry in East Durham.
The AMA Group Ltd is planning to create 100 jobs over the next 18 months as it opens its state of the art facility at Whitehouse Business Park in Peterlee.
The newly created company, launched in February by former Claremont Garments directors Paul Watts and David and Julie Price, teamed up with Jobcentre Plus to host an open day for people interested in the new roles.
The manufacturer will be initially recruiting 20 people, with plans for production to start at the end of April. A further recruitment drive will see the 100 jobs filled in the next 18 months.
The event, held at The Employability Trust in Peterlee, saw 90 people attend two informal sessions, run by the firm’s joint managing director Paul Watts.
Paul said: “Since we announced in February that we were bringing clothing manufacturing back to the area, the level of interest we’ve had has been fantastic. We’ve had call after call from people who used to work in the industry in days gone by who are just desperate to work with us.
“That’s a great position to be in. We have always planned to recruit a mix of experienced machinists and enthusiastic young people who will receive industry training so this recruitment open day was the ideal opportunity for people to find out more about our plans and the jobs we’ll be recruiting.
“Initially we’re looking to have in place around 20 people with production starting at the end of this month, followed by a phased recruitment drive to fill upwards of 100 positions.”
Enid Dalton from Jobcentre Plus added: “We’ve had a phenomenal amount of interest from people keen to find out more about The AMA Group’s plans and that was reflected in the number of people who attended the open day.”
The newly-formed firm is keen to employ a mix of young people, who will be trained in house and with the support of East Durham College, as well as experienced machinists who have worked in the clothing manufacturing sector.
The AMA Group Ltd will initially manufacture ladies wear, with products and materials sourced from the UK and aims to supply to key high street retailers and well known brands.