General Motors Co. is hiring younger people to get their perspectives on computer use in vehicles and for the job. Due to GM's restructuring, it has limited hiring for several years but now, the company thought it best to hire and train young engineers who would then take over when the top executives retire.
Karl-Friedrich Stracke, vice president of global vehicle engineering, said that hiring is now open for GM's North American and European operations.
Rick Spina, vehicle line executive for GM's full-sized trucks, said that the company still has a lot of talent but that it doesn't have young people. He says that this represents a chunk of the population that GM isn't well represented in and that this will hurt the company in the long term. In the US, GM has cut more than 12,000 salaried jobs since 2004.
GM's European Opel unit is restructuring after plans were canceled last November to sell Opel. Stracke revealed that starting the middle of January, GM has begun hiring college graduates and experienced engineers to fill key North American holes left open due to departures.
GM is also placing these engineers in its green technologies and hybrid and electric teams. When asked how many people will be hired, Stracke said that GM is still in the process of forecasting its needs. [via autonews - sub. required]