News : Vauxhall Motors creates 550 new jobs in the UK

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

Vauxhall - Ellesmere Port

Vauxhall Motors has just announced that, as its business grows and with another new model on the horizon, the company will take on 550 new employees at its manufacturing sites in Ellesmere Port and Luton, the first significant new-hire programme for a decade.

Around 300 new jobs will be secured at the Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire.  The plant currently operates on two shifts but, as sales volumes build, more employees are required to cope with increased output at the facility. The new jobs will be phased in over the first quarter of 2015.

In 2012, Ellesmere Port won the contract to build the next generation, all-new Astra.  Production of this model begins towards the end of 2015. The agreement runs into the next decade and secured a £125 million investment.

Meanwhile, the company’s Luton plant is also looking forward to a bright future as a second shift is to be added in January 2015, creating around 250 new jobs. The Luton facility builds the recently launched all-new Vivaro van and will be taking on these new employees to increase output next year.  In 2011, Luton won the contract to build the new Vivaro, entailing a £185 million investment.

“This is great news for Vauxhall and for British manufacturing,” said Tim Tozer, Vauxhall Motors’ Chairman and Managing Director. “Both of our UK manufacturing plants have won long contracts with all-new product and as the business strengthens, we now need to take on more people to build these exciting new Vauxhalls.”

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5 Comments

  1. More good news, pleasantly surprised that Luton is taking on more staff, especially after Renault took some work back to France. Maybe it’s benefiting from being the only British built medium van on sale now?

  2. Great news, especially after the problems that GM were having a few years ago. Let’s hope this can be replicated elsewhere.

  3. @maestrowoff – there’s probably something in that. Royal Mail, formerly big customers of LDV, seem to be running a few new Vivaros out of Mount Pleasant these days.

  4. Great news for Great Britain.Shame the motoring press give praise with one hand,and take away with the other when it comes to Vauxhall/General Motors.

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