Ford wants 250 new workers for Dagenham diesel engine line in the UK

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 4, 2014

Ford is hiring 250 new employees to serve production operators for its new diesel engine production line that is currently being installed at its Ford Dagenham Engine Plant in the United Kingdom. The employees will be tasked with the production of the new low-carbon dioxide 2.0-liter diesel engine family, in which Ford has invested over £380 million, including support from the UK Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

These new employees boost the site’s existing personnel around 2,000 people. The first wave of new recruits will start this December 2014 and work on a 23-month fixed-term contract. They will be followed by further waves in the first half of 2015.

These new employees will be part of the manufacturing team setting up and operating the new engine production line. The new engine -- designed and developed at Ford Dagenham and at the Ford Dunton Technical Centre in Essex 00 will be produced at the site by the end of 2015 with capacity ramping up to 350,000 units annually.

It will be fitted into Ford vehicles from 2016. In 2013, Ford Dagenham built 787,398 diesel engines, 85 percent of which were exported. This diesel engine investment at the Dagenham site is part of Ford’s £1.5-billion investment in low-carbon and environmentally friendly engine and vehicle technology over five years.

Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, Greg Clark, said: “The Regional Growth Fund is playing a pivotal role in supporting businesses such as Ford to grow and create long-term, highly skilled jobs. Round six of the Regional Growth Fund is open for bids until 30 September – I urge businesses to consider how it could help them increase their workforce.” [source: Ford]

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