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Construction boom sets JCB on recruitment drive

Demand for JCB diggers and other plant has reached 'historic highs', leading the firm to recruit even more staff.

The construction boom has led to record demand for JCB products, with most of its output already sold out until next year.

The firm is now recruiting 100 new welders for its Staffordshire factories.

The recruitment drive has just got underway for the permanent jobs at JCB's World Headquarters and its plants in Cheadle and Uttoxeter.

In September, JCB is taking on an additional 15 recruits for its fabrication and welding apprenticeship. In the past three years, almost 70 welding apprentices have passed their courses - and all gained permanent JCB jobs.

It also comes in a year when JCB has already recruited 1,350 new shop floor employees and handed permanent JCB contracts to 1,000 agency employees.

Mark Turner, JCB chief operating officer said: "Over the past five years, the number of welders in the UK has shrunk which presents businesses with a big challenge at times of high demand.

"JCB has been working very hard over the past few years to tackle this shortage and attract new entrants to this highly skilled job with its apprenticeship and training programmes, which have been very successful.

"We are delighted to be building on that success with the creation of 100 permanent new welders' jobs."

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