Vauxhall Motors Ellesmere Port, which recently secured production of the seventh generation Astra, supported the government’s See Inside Manufacturing initiative for the second consecutive year, opening its doors and welcoming over 440 school pupils.
“To see the plant full of young pupils keen to begin their future careers was great. We always welcome the opportunity to invite young people into the plant and to showcase all the career paths that manufacturing can offer,” said Val Thomas, Plant Personnel Manager.
Vauxhall run successful apprenticeship and undergraduate schemes, the latter having received a Highly Commended Award from the National Council for Work Experience and the company is investigating ways in which it can increase the impact of junior operator and graduate schemes, attracting further talent.
Apart from exciting career opportunities, young talent can also look forward to long term careers at Vauxhall. The recent allocation of the 7th generation Astra at Ellesmere Port as the lead plant not only secured over 700 new jobs and doubled the apprenticeship intake, but it also ensured production of the new model into the 2020s.
The See Inside Manufacturing activity day was run by the twenty undergraduates currently undergoing a placement at the plant. Pupils were given a factory tour of the General Assembly unit and had the opportunity to take part in a number of manufacturing games and activities.
“Our aim was to show pupils the many different aspects of Vauxhall in a fun and interactive way following on from the success of the event that we ran in October 2011,” said Sophie Tobin, Communications Assistant Undergraduate.