Newton Aycliffe train manufacturer Hitachi Rail Europe is recruiting for 150 new roles at its Stoke Gifford depot.
The recently built depot is hiring ahead of a new ‘bullet train inspired’ fleet entering service later this year.
Hitachi, which is building and maintaining the new InterCity Express trains to run on the Great Western route at its new Aycliffe facility, will build upon the area’s engineering legacy, which includes transportation achievements such as Concorde, to develop a new long-term hub for skilled work.
The newly built £80m facility is located near to Bristol Parkway station and offers a clean, light and modern environment to work in.
Recruitment for the 150 jobs is to ensure the facility is ready ahead of the new trains, which will connect London to Wales and the South West of England, entering service later this year.
Work carried out at the Stoke Gifford depot will include readying trains for passenger services. Whilst housed at the depot, trains will be serviced to ensure they are in good condition, safe and clean. Day to day tasks will include engine tests, changing wheel sets and running thorough inspections of the trains.
The new trains offer a step change in passenger experience with more seats available and modern technology.
The new roles are permanent and require people with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds.
As part of bringing new skills and talents into the industry, steps are being taken to attract people who have not previously worked in rail.
Hitachi is looking to recruit from a variety of sectors such as aviation, automotive, and the military, as well as those groups often underrepresented in rail such as women and young people.