Coventry could once again become a major component of the UK automotive industry if ambitious new plans get the go ahead. At the end of May it was revealed that a plan had been put forward to create the National Battery Prototype Centre. A site on the Whitley South Technology Campus has been earmarked. This would put the new facility in close proximity to a major Jaguar Land Rover headquarters.
The project is said to have the potential to unlock 10,000 new jobs. It would create roles in design, research and development, manufacturing, and several others areas. Filling all of them would take a monumental effort and a great deal of automotive recruitment.
The plans would transform Coventry into a smart city and further enhance the contribution the area already makes to the automotive industry. It would place the city at the forefront of battery development and provide a wide array of benefits. With electric vehicles being such a huge growth area and autonomous technology also taking huge leaps forward, the prospects would be outstanding.
The plan for National Battery Prototype Centre was revealed at the end of May to a collection of industry leaders. They will be put forward to the UK Government too in the hope that they will get behind the project and help to push it forward.
Surprisingly the plan has been in development for 15 years. The Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), the academic department of the University of Warwick, has spent a lot of time and effort on the research and development. In fact in the past they have been involved in Vehicle Energy and the Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project (LCVTP). They have led the proposals for creating the battery centre.
It will be interesting to see if the UK Government gives their backing to the project. If the proposals are successful the 10,000 new jobs would have a huge impact on the local economy and Coventry would be established at the forefront of the industry.
At John Gibson Associates we have a lot of experience with automotive recruitment and can provide services for clients of every size involved with various parts of the industry. For example we can recruit for businesses involved with developing new technology, dealerships looking at sales, manufacturers assembling the vehicles, and countless other specialist areas.
If you are thinking about a career in the sector we could unlock plenty of great opportunities for you.