Electric cars spark Nissan demand for apprentices
Nissan Ireland is to hire 40 new apprentices in a bid to address a skills shortage created by the rapid growth in demand for connected, autonomous and electric cars.
The company will begin hiring immediately and it is expected that the 40 new recruits will be in place at Nissan dealerships across the country before the end of this year.
The apprenticeships will last for four years under the Nissan Generation Next Apprentice Academy, which has been launched by the company in a bid to identify talented technicians who want to develop a career in the motor industry.
Nissan Ireland ceo, James McCarthy, said: "This is an exciting time to be employed in the motor industry.
"Nissan is driving the development of autonomous and electric vehicles.
"We have a very clear vision of where we see the motor industry in 2020 and our apprentices will be trained to ensure that we realise it and to lead the way into the future
"We created the Academy to future-proof our business and our aim is to fully train and retain our apprentices across our dealer network". Applicants need to have completed the Leaving Cert and the company is particularly keen on receiving applications from first and second-year engineering students who may be reconsidering their college choice.
The top-performing graduate under the scheme will receive a scholarship to pursue a degree in automotive engineering at a third-level institute, as well as a new Nissan, which they can drive for a year.
The Nissan Leaf is one of Ireland's most popular electric car modesl.
Figures show that 237 out of a total of 249 electric cars bought this year were Nissan Leafs.
Nissan is ireland's fifth most popular car brand, with the company enjoying a rise of 25pc in sales in the first six months of the year.