10,000+ New Engineering Jobs on Horizon

26 March 2024

After recent disclosures that UK engineering/manufacturing staff at Alstom and TATA Steel are serious redundancy risks, it's good to be able to report some more upbeat news. Announcements made within the last 24 hours should mean that a large number of technology-related jobs are now in the pipeline, at various locations across the country - including Scotland, Yorkshire, Wales and the Midlands.

As well as experienced engineering professionals, there will also be major opportunities for emerging engineering talent too.

A facility dedicated to production of the Airlander 10 hybrid airship will see recruitment of a 1,200 strong workforce within the Doncaster area. As well as improving local employment figures, this represents a significant step forward in the UK's long-term cleantech aspirations.    

With regard to defence, Rolls-Royce is set to bring over 1,000 new jobs to its existing site Derby. This will be needed for undertaking the high-profile AUKUS nuclear submarine project that the UK, Australian and US governments are involved in. The company has been commissioned to manufacture the nuclear reactor hardware needed to deliver power to these submarines. As well as a ramping up of the Derby workforce, Rolls-Royce will establish 2 additional operations, in Cardiff and Glasgow, that will each lead to generation of approximately another 100 jobs. 

On top of all this, avionics and shipbuilding corporation Babcock has laid out its plans to create a further 1,000 UK-based jobs between now and 2028. 40% of these will apprenticeship roles, with a big proportion of the remainder being graduate vacancies. 

Finally, Far Eastern manufacturer of electric vehicle (EV) batteries EVE Energy is currently in discussions about the founding of a £2 billion valued gigafactory in Coventry. If it goes ahead, the expectation is that over new 6,000 jobs would result.  

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