Monday, June 24, 2024

Buses door open for Alstom engineers

trentbarton is offering guaranteed interviews for engineers who are facing the threat of redundancy from the Derby operation of train manufacturer Alstom.

It is reported that more than 1,300 jobs are at risk at Alstom’s Litchurch Lane site, due in part to the delays to the HS2 high speed rail project.

trentbarton has engineering operations at several sites including in Derby, Nottingham and Langley Mill, and at its sister operator Kinchbus in Loughborough. It is keen to recruit skilled engineers even if they have not worked on buses before.

trentbarton Group Engineering Director John Bickerton said: “We’re saddened to see the impact on engineers of the uncertainty around Alstom’s order books, and on the wider Derby community as Alstom looks to reduce its skilled workforce.

“At trentbarton and Kinchbus we are looking to grow and have lots of demand and opportunities in our workshops.

“We will guarantee an interview for any skilled Alstom staff who are feeling uncertain about their future, and we have a route for upskilling anybody with an engineering background so they can reach a level 3 NVQ qualification in buses.”

trentbarton recently gave its qualified engineers a pay rise of at least 20 per cent, with some getting more than 25 per cent.

John said: “We have opportunities for mechanical, electrical and body technicians to join the team. Alstom engineers should get in touch to find out more about working at trentbarton and how we can put their skills to work.”

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