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2 minute read - 29th August 2023

Wrightbus creates hundreds of new jobs

Northern Ireland-based Wrightbus is creating hundreds of new jobs as it looks to the future of zero emission transport. The company behind the world’s first hydrogen and world’s most efficient battery electric double deck buses is expanding its workforce as part of the firm’s continued growth.

It took on its 1,000th member of staff last year – just three years after being bought out of administration by green entrepreneur Jo Bamford with 56 people on the books. It now employs more than 1,200 people and has a mix of new production and support roles available across the business.

Wrightbus is creating hundreds of new jobs at its factory in Ballymena as it meets increasing demand for its hydrogen and electric buses / Picture: Wrightbus

Nicola McCloskey, HR director at Wrightbus, said: “As the business continues to grow, we are on the lookout for talented individuals to join us in our journey to create even more sustainable, environmentally-friendly transport around the world. There has never been a more exciting time to join this industry to begin or develop your career.

“We have a variety of roles available as we continue to build a better, more diverse and inclusive workplace for all our employees. Our plant is a bright, spacious place where staff are encouraged to innovate and improve to help us shape the future of such an important industry. We are actively recruiting for 160 support positions and have approximately 50 more support vacancies budgeted for the rest of the year. There is also a requirement for about 100 production positions between now and the end of 2023 – excluding active offers – and 50 apprenticeships.”

More than 1,200 people are currently employed by Wrightbus across its business / Picture: Wrightbus

Production roles include skilled, semi-skilled and factory operative positions such as coachbuilders, electricians, mechanical fitters, welders, spray painters and assembly operatives. Wrightbus also has a range of support roles available including human resources, purchasing, engineering, sales, IT, quality and mobile service engineers.

The firm will be hosting its latest recruitment evening at its site in Ballymena on Thursday, September 21 from 5.30pm to 8pm. There will be a chance to tour the factory and meet departmental managers and the HR team. Anyone interested can email or visit Recruitment Evening.

Nicola added: “Following the success of our previous recruitment evenings, we are once again opening our doors so that anyone considering a career with us can find out about a host of positions currently available. With the potential to leave on the night with a job offer in hand, these events really are a fantastic opportunity and well worth attending.”

Wrightbus launched its first zero emission bus – the Streetdeck Hydroliner – in 2020 in Aberdeen, with the fleet entering passenger service in January 2021. It is also behind the world’s most efficient double deck electric bus – the Streetdeck Electroliner, as well as single deck battery electric and hydrogen electric buses.

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