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Nissan could provide graduate job boost

Published: Friday, 19 March 2010   Category: Science, Engineering and IT

Recent university leavers looking for graduate jobs in science, engineering and IT may be interested to hear that Nissan has announced that it will begin production of its first mass-produced electric car in Britain in early 2013.

The Japanese firm intends on rolling 50,000 electric vehicles a year off the production line of its plant in Sunderland, while it will also begin construction of its advanced lithium-ion battery plant in the north-east next month.

It is expected that both ventures will require 2,250 jobs across the supply line, and the Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has backed the plans.

Kate Hudson, press officer for SMMT, said: "It is excellent news for the UK automotive industry and it demonstrates the commitment of global manufacturers to UK jobs and facilities.

"Obviously, it is very positive in the number of jobs it will maintain across the supply chain. It also, from our perspective, demonstrates the industry's commitment to ultra-low-carbon technology and the significant role the UK can play."

Nissan's plant in Sunderland was established in 1984 and has a total of 4,100 employees who make a third of all the cars produces in the UK.

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