The London Taxi Company has announced that it will take on 30 manufacturing apprentices under a new scheme based in Coventry, just weeks after it was revealed that parent company Geely will invest an additional £50 million in its facilities there.
The money is intended to increase research capability at the new, purpose built Ansty Park site, based close to the existing factory in Holyhead Road, and brings total investment in the new facility to £300m. The factory will be home to development of the TX5 hybrid model, and when up and running, is expected to produce 36,000 hybrid electric Black Cabs each year. This was just one of a number of Chinese investment announcements in the UK which coincided with a state visit from Chinese premier, Xi Jinping.
The zero emission-capable TX5s are expected to be on London’s roads from the end of 2017, in time to comply with new regulations being introduced by the Mayor of London from January 2018, which will reduce the level of emissions allowed from new taxis. London is also set to introduce Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ) from 2020, as part of ongoing work to reduce emissions in the capital.
The company plans to develop the new vehicle with significantly increased UK and EU content, bringing benefits to the UK supply chain and further marking out Britain’s role in the development of ultra low emission technologies.
Thirty apprenticeships are available as part of the scheme, which is open to 17-23 year olds and begins in January 2016. The successful candidates will initially work on the manufacture of the current iconic London Black Cab, with the possibility of moving on to building the new hybrid electric model at Ansty Park.
Apprenticeship applications close on 18 December. Full details are available on the LTC website: http://london-taxis.co.uk/job-detail?id=39319