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Bus manufacturer Wrightbus launches major recruitment drive

Wednesday 20 January 2021, 3:40 PM

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Wrightbus, which launched the world’s first zero-emission hydrogen double decker bus in 2020, has created new roles in preparation for increasing production of the vehicle this year to assist global net zero ambitions and support the PM’s pledge for at least 4,000 new Zero Emission Buses to be produced during this parliament.

A recruitment drive will see it employ 46 new members of production and office staff, including coachbuilders, spray painters, welders, electrical engineers, technicians, accountants, sales staff and a project manager. Nineteen of the positions will be apprenticeships, giving a boost to opportunities for young people in the region. And an international project engineer role has also been created as the firm looks to increase sales around the world.

With interest for the hydrogen double-deckers from UK cities and from around the world, Wrightbus CEO Jo Bamford said the new jobs would allow production to keep up with demand.

There’s no doubt that 2020 was a challenging year for everyone for many reasons,” he said. “We have made huge strides in 2020, despite the year being paralysed by the coronavirus pandemic, yet 2021 is going to be the year hydrogen really makes its mark.

“We have already launched the world’s first zero-emission hydrogen double decker bus and this year will see us deliver significant orders into London, Birmingham, Belfast and other cities across the UK.”

“At Wrightbus we have already launched the world’s first zero-emission hydrogen double decker bus and this year will see us deliver significant orders into London, Birmingham, Belfast and other cities across the UK, including in Northern Ireland.”

This recruitment will help us support the Government’s investment pledge for at least 4,000 zero emission buses on the streets of the UK.

The hydrogen double deckers created an impact across the UK last year when they were first launched in Aberdeen in October. Zero-emission hydrogen buses were also announced in 2020 for Birmingham and London – both cities should see vehicles on the road this year.

Mr Bamford added: “We are proud to be playing a pivotal role in the world’s net zero ambitions and this green future – the vision we all have of a zero emission planet – will only be achieved if we all work together. Hydrogen’s time is now and Wrightbus is excited to be at the vanguard of this revolution.”

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