Siemens wants to hear from potential employees and suppliers for new £200m Goole train plant
The trains will operate on the Piccadilly line
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 14 Dec 2018
People interested in working at Siemens’ new £200m train factory in Goole can now register their interest online.
The new state-of-the-art facility will create up to 700 jobs, after Siemens won a lucrative £1.5bn contract to build almost 100 tube trains for London’s Piccadilly Line.
Subject to planning, construction of the factory is expected to start in late 2019 or early 2020, with the hope of building trains in the 2022/23 year.
Siemens is now throwing its doors open for those interested in working at the new train factory to register their interest online.
Finbarr Dowling, project director at Siemens, said: “We’re aiming for outline planning to be submitted in the spring, with detailed planning in the summer.
“When we opened our blade factory in Hull, we were amazed by how many people wanted to come and work for us.
“I think we will have a very good response from people again with the new train factory.”
Mr Dowling said East Riding Council had been incredibly supportive of the new factory in Goole, and was optimistic of planning moving forwards quickly.
He also spoke about the type of people Siemens would be looking for.
“We will be looking to employ every type of person. There is a challenge in the engineering industry with encouraging women to join.
“At our factory in Hull, 10 per cent of the workforce is currently women, but I have a personal ambition of hitting 25 per cent at the Goole factory.”
When asked whether Siemens could offer a lifeline to some of the 400 BAE workers at Brough who have lost their jobs at the defence contractor, Mr Dowling said it was possible.
“We have employed people at Siemens from BAE in the past, so I don’t see a reason why not,” he said.
“We will be casting the net far and wide. It will be three or four years until the factory is built, but in that time we want to do a lot of work going into schools and colleges.
“Someone who is 15 years old today could be an apprentice at Siemens by the time we are ready to build trains.”
Goole was one of “many sites” considered by Siemens for its new factory.
Mr Dowling said its location and access to a strong workforce were both huge pulling factors to the East Yorkshire town.
To register visit the dedicated website here: www.siemens.com/uk/en/home/company/about/goole.html