Johnson Control invests in local talent

Johnson Control invests in local talent

Johnson Control Automotive UK has added to its headcount of 365 in Sunderland with the recruitment of 17 youngsters.

The global manufacturer which employs 130,000 worldwide has launched a new partnership with NAC Group to meet its growing recruitment needs on Wearside.

Within the space of only a few weeks, 17 youngsters from NAC’s training programme have secured full time roles with the firm.

Arriving at NAC with no experience in automotive manufacturing, the successful candidates completed a rigorous 6 week programme, culminating in a 2- 6 week work placement with Johnson Controls, before being offered full-time positions at the Sunderland plant.

On the back of recent contract wins, the tier one supplier to Nissan is now looking to grow its team and is particularly keen to attract more 18-35 year olds in to the business in order to address its ageing workforce.

Hayley Cheel, senior HR professional at Johnson Controls, said: “We’ve worked on an ad hoc basis with the team at NAC in the past but decided the time was right to form more of a strategic alliance so that they can help us to meet our increased recruitment needs and support our efforts to attract more young people in to the business.

“NAC’s training and education programmes provide hands-on practical training and have been designed specifically to meet the needs of the automotive manufacturing industry so the vast majority of the candidates they send to us have the basic skills we need to be able to bring them on to the production line.

“Besides the practical training, they come to us with a good attitude to work and an understanding of what is needed of them in terms of time keeping and attendance.

"And because we work in partnership, NAC Group understands both the way in which our business operates and our company ethos which means they can select individuals who they know will fit well in to our organisation.

“We are delighted to have been able to take on so many young people at a time when youth unemployment is such a concern in the region and expect further opportunities to be available over the coming months.”