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Nissan to provide graduate jobs?

Published: Monday, 11 May 2009   Category: Transport and utilities

Those looking for graduate jobs in the automotive industry during the current economic climate may be interested in the 150 new UK positions pledged by car manufacturer Nissan.

Expecting an increase in demand due to the government's car scrappage scheme, the Japanese company is to recruit 150 people at its plant in Sunderland.

Nissan has already seen a rise in sales by 31 per cent in France, 21 per cent in Italy and seven per cent in Germany after similar schemes were introduced.

The UK scheme, announced by chancellor Alistair Darling in his annual Budget report last month, involves £2,000 cash back for those who take their ten-year-old car in for scrapping.

Trevor Mann, European senior vice-president for manufacturing at Nissan, said: "This short-term spike in demand, fuelled by a number of scrappage schemes introduced across Europe, is clearly a very welcome boost to business during what is a highly challenging period for all car makers."

The automotive industry is already taking advantage of graduate recruitment and training, according to the Institute of the Motors Industry, which told the Independent that it wants to see more employers involved in the government's Train to Gain scheme.


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