Green light for Aston Martin in Wales
Aston Martin has announced that construction work on a plant in St Athan, Wales will begin next year and recruitment is already underway.
To support full production at the plant, which is expected to begin in 2020, Aston Martin held a recruitment event in Cardiff in spring which attracted more than 3,000 applicants – from apprentices to highly-skilled workers.
So far more than 40 people have been employed and are training across the business in the ‘Aston Martin’ way, before beginning their careers with the company at Gaydon.
Dr. Andy Palmer CMG, Aston Martin president and CEO said, ‘We are proud of the fact that we have a world-class team building our cars so it is vital that the new Welsh workforce is equally dedicated and passionate. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to employ a workforce that is local to the St Athan plant and bring them here to Gaydon to train them to become the skilled technicians required to build our beautiful hand-crafted cars. We have continued to work closely with the Welsh government throughout the recruitment process and we are very pleased with the calibre of our new employees.’
First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones added, ‘We are delighted that Aston Martin chose Wales for its second manufacturing facility and it is a pleasure to see the first group of Welsh employees starting out in their new careers with Aston Martin. The new plant will transform the Ministry of Defence site at St Athan with the economic benefits estimated at half a billion pounds over 30 years.’