SES Engineering Services (SES) have chosen to partner with technical and engineering recruitment specialists NRL to deliver the supplementary workers needed to complete the building services programme on Sunderland’s gigafactory project.
Working through a managed vendor framework, NRL will be on hand to engage temporary workers who will support with mechanical and electrical installation to fit out the gigafactory, which is currently being constructed by Wates. The first of its kind in the UK, the 11GWh manufacturing facility will span the distance of 23 football pitches and allow for 100,000 electric vehicle batteries to be manufactured each year.
Hundreds of temporary roles will be required to support the project, with NRL managing applications through a dedicated online application process – which includes pre-screening, competency checks and vetting to secure the right workers to support SES. As well as NRL’s project recruitment team playing an active role on site, to provide a regular point of contact for workers and liaise with site representatives.
As holders of the Inclusive+ Recruitment certification from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), NRL are avid supporters of making roles as accessible as possible for people from all walks of life. Including how they can develop open and transparent application processes and work within the community to ensure everyone benefits from high profile projects such as the gigafactory build. This ethos is one that reflects SES’s own objectives to build inclusive workspaces that help to level the playing field.
Discussing the partnership Mark Gibson at SES Engineering Services said,
"The gigafactory project in Sunderland is a magnificent feat of engineering, which will provide a wide range of opportunities for electrical and mechanical trades to gain expertise operating at significant scale.
We’re delighted to be partnering with NRL to manage the supplementary workers needed to bring the project to life. Together we share the same passion for recruiting diversely, working within the local community and creating a lasting legacy by upskilling industry knowledge.
As the external construction of the gigafactory now takes prominent place on the International Advanced Manufacturing Park, we’re looking forward to commencing with the mechanical and electrical installation that will transform the interior of the structure into a state-of-the-art electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility to support the UK’s green energy transition."
Emma Lowden, NRL’s Regional Director added,
"Having supported SES Engineering Services for over 25 years, we are delighted to sign an agreement to support the gigafactory project. With our recruitment office located just a short distance from the site, our Sunderland team play an active role in the region’s net zero plans - and it’s an exciting time to see the UK’s first large scale gigafactory being constructed just down the road.
Over the coming months we’ll be looking to hear from electrical and mechanical trades who would like to be a part of this groundbreaking project."