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Siemens Mobility kickstarts recruitment drive at Goole train factory

Posted on 09 Jan 2024 and read 693 times
Siemens Mobility kickstarts recruitment drive at Goole train factoryPhotos courtesy of Hull News and Pictures

Siemens Mobility has recruited 35 new employees in the first major wave of recruitment for its ‘state of the art’ trains manufacturing facility in Goole as it prepares to begin production this spring. The first major wave of recruitment will be followed by scores of further roles that will be available over coming months across multiple functions, including: mechanical and electrical technicians for train assembly; warehouse and logistics operatives; and quality assurance.

Mark Speed, site director and general manager of Siemens Mobility in Goole, said: “It is an incredibly exciting time for the project with the recruitment programme moving forward strongly ahead of production starting in 2024. We are absolutely delighted with the calibre of recruits and they have already hit the ground running. They will all have an important part to play in the success of this pioneering project. This is just the first in a series of waves of recruitment, with many more exciting opportunities opening up over coming months. Those positions will all be posted on the careers section of the Siemens website as they become available, so we are urging people to register on the careers site and save alerts for Goole to ensure they are aware of the jobs as soon as they come out.”

The global rail technology leader is investing up to £200 million in developing the facility in the East Yorkshire town, where it is creating up to 700 skilled jobs, as well as generating around 1,700 new employment opportunities in the supply chain. Rolling stock for the UK train market will be manufactured at the factory, starting with new Piccadilly line Tube trains for Transport for London.

The factory is the centrepiece of a wider rail village, featuring a train components servicing facility, a materials and logistics warehouse, and a research, development and innovation cluster, establishing Goole as a centre of excellence for rail technology in the UK. The recruits have already enjoyed a ‘meet and greet’ visit to Siemens Mobility’s metros centre of excellence in Vienna, as the first stage of an extensive knowledge exchange programme involving periods of training at the Austrian site.

Siemens Mobility recruitsPictured right: a group of the new starters are briefed on the Siemens Mobility project to build trains for the Piccadilly line on the London Underground by Sabrina Marnham, lead project manager – major programmes

The latest team members have a broad range of backgrounds, with Siemens Mobility keen to hire people with relevant, transferable skills, rather than just those specifically with experience in the rail industry. They include individuals with backgrounds in modular construction and the armed forces, among others, reflecting this focus on skills and expertise that can be applied successfully to the new roles. As a responsible employer, Siemens Mobility is committed to equality and diversity, including gender balance across all its operations. It offers flexible employment to help its staff manage their work-life balance, along with training and development programmes to support career progression.

Niraj Sondhi, commercial director for Siemens Mobility in Goole, said: “Here at Siemens Mobility, we offer careers, not just jobs. We look after our people and support them in their professional development. We are also strongly committed to playing our full part in supporting the local community, above and beyond the investment we are making in our new facilities and the jobs we are creating. Siemens Mobility is a global company operating in the heart of East Yorkshire and we are proud to be a part of the Goole community.”

Siemens Mobility has consistently demonstrated its support for the local community since committing to Goole as the location for the rail village. Community initiatives have ranged from working with partners to enhance the neighbouring Oakhill Nature Reserve, to sponsoring Goole Pride and promoting biodiversity around the Siemens Mobility facilities.

Siemens Mobility has also donated thousands of pounds worth of toys and treats for local children at Christmas while staff members have volunteered their time to help underprivileged children and their families at a social supermarket and food bank in Goole. In addition, the company has supported local schools through the Primary Engineer programme, aimed at igniting interest and curiosity in careers in engineering among local children from a young age.

For more information about joining Siemens Mobility in Goole go to www.siemens.co.uk/careers. Click on the ‘apply now’ tab to search for jobs that are currently available.