Japanese car maker Nissan is seeking 60 engineers to work at it Nissan European Technical centre (NETC) Cranfield, Bedfordshire, according to a senior manager.
Nissan’s site in Cranfield employs about 1,000 people creating vehicle designs for the world market but claims to need engineers to fill a big skills gap.
David Moss, vice president of vehicle research and development at Nissan, said the company is about 60 engineers short, but is particularly short of electronic engineers. Cars are becoming more and more electronics based and the lack of local skills is a threat to the company.
Moss spoke in favour of new University Technical Colleges (UTCs) during an event at the Central Bedfordshire UTC, in Houghton Regis, near Dunstable, on Wednesday. UTCs concentrate on science, engineering and technical skills for 14-19 year-olds.
Moss claimed also a lack of female engineers and he is keen to encourage young women to take up careers in the field.
He added that NETC is keen to recruit females into product design. One major area of NETC product dessign is the Quasqai.
“You cannot get the same views from a group of blokes,” he claimed. “Engineering isn’t about getting your hands dirty, it’s about making products in the best way possible,” he said. ∎
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