Global Stafford firm's £250m deal sparks 146 jobs
ALMOST 150 jobs are up for grabs in Staffordshire after a global engineering firm won a £250 million contract in India.
The vacancies are available at the Alstom factory in Stafford, after the business won a deal to connect the power stations of Champa to Khurukshetra in northern India.
The Stafford arm of the business was also recently awarded a £21million contract to design and build a new substation in Scotland.
The deals – along with other sections of the business also securing lucrative contracts – has seen Alstom record a successful quarter which saw sales of almost £900m. The company received orders of £835 million in the third quarter and saw sales reach £890 million.
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Now bosses at the engineering giant have announced there are almost 500 vacancies across the country, including the 146 jobs available at Stafford.
Steve Burgin, president of Alstom UK, said: "Given the general global economic conditions, Alstom in the UK is doing extremely well, especially as much of our success is happening in overseas markets.
"Our Stafford site is a centre of excellence for high voltage, direct current activity, and has won a very large contract for an energy superhighway in India, while our Rugby Power team has successfully won the majority of a major contract to overhaul and refurbish a large South African power station.
"Those contract wins, and these results, show that engineering is not only alive and well in the UK but also reaching out to win orders from around the world.
"And through our bases in Stafford, where we employ around 2,000 people, and Rugby, where we're no less important to the town's economy with 700 people, we're making a real difference in terms of skills, training and engineering."
The contract in India will see Alstom engineers use advanced technology to carry power along a 1,365km transmission line, from the Chhattisgarh region to areas of high power demand in the north of the subcontinent. The line will have a voltage level of 800 kilovolts, more than double the most powerful level seen in the UK.
The work will include overall project management, along with design, engineering, training, manufacture, civil works, site testing and commissioning.
Jobs on offer at Stafford include project managers, engineers, technicians and other support staff.
Jane Gratton, deputy chief executive of North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "This is very welcome news for Stafford. Alstom has created additional skilled and well-paid jobs which will boost employment and inject new wealth and spending power into the local economy.
"It is further evidence of the on-going resurgence of manufacturing in North Staffordshire and demonstrates how business investment will generate growth and employment."
Councillor Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Council's deputy leader and cabinet member for employment and skills, said: "I'm delighted to hear that Alstom has continued its success. It is one of a number of leading businesses based in Staffordshire and exporting expertise to the rest of the world.
"It's fantastic news that this means over 140 jobs for local people."