Jane Hutt welcomes Aston Martin at visit to CAVC

24 March 2016

Jane Hutt welcomes Aston Martin's drive to create careers for the region at visit to CAVC

As Aston Martin prepares its new base in St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan AM Jane Hutt and the company’s Head of HR, Hazel Martin, met with young people who may help form the workforce needed to create its new crossover vehicle.

Jane Hutt and Hazel Martin visited Cardiff and Vale College’s brand new, state of the art Automotive Training Centre. During the visit they were taken on a tour of the new facility and spoke to students and apprentices about their training, aspirations and the opportunities that Aston Martin could offer them.

The visit came during the week the company announced that it will hold its first Recruitment Event at Cardiff and Vale College’s International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT).

Aston Martin recently unveiled plans for its new manufacturing facility in St Athan – a manufacturing facility housed across three super-hangars - creating 750 highly skilled jobs and a wealth of wider benefits for the economy of the Vale and the wider region.

Demonstrating its commitment to recruiting local talent, Aston Martin will hold its first recruitment event for the new base at the College’s International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT) at Cardiff Airport on Wednesday 30th March between 11am-3pm – just a few miles from the planned St Athan base.

This event will provide an opportunity for the public to meet members of Aston Martin’s management team, discuss career aspirations, and hear about the jobs available and the company’s plans once the site is operational.

Cardiff and Vale College is the largest provider of automotive training in Wales - working with a large network of employers to support skills across the Automotive sector. Last year, CAVC student Adam Litchfield was crowned as the best young Vehicle Refinishing student in the UK at the WorldSkills competition. The College was the only FE institution invited to showcase training and skills at the recent AutoBodyExpo in Manchester.

Jane Hutt, Assembly Member for the Vale of Glamorgan said: "Aston Martin confirming a base in St Athan is a huge boost for the Vale of Glamorgan and Wales. It will bring many significant benefits to this region in terms of the 750 direct job opportunities but also the wider benefits for the economy of the area. 

“We know we have a fantastic base of talented skilled people and the visit today has been a great opportunity to demonstrate this - speaking with students and apprentices at Cardiff and Vale College. The College is providing training for individuals and employers of South East Wales and beyond in one of the best facilities in the UK - something that can only support Aston Martin's workforce of the future. It is excellent to see Aston Martin already investing time in engaging with local talent like this and providing information on the opportunities that will be available for individuals in the area."

Hazel Martin, Head of HR at Aston Martin said: "A career at Aston Martin means joining one of the world's most respected luxury automotive brands at a time when we have ambitious plans for global growth.  There are opportunities available now in a variety of business areas, we are looking to inspire and employ the most talented people to be part of the future development of Aston Martin.”

Mike James, Principal and Chief Executive of Cardiff and Vale College said: "Having Aston Martin as a key employer for our region will be a huge boost to this priority sector and for the individuals and communities in our region. It will provide fantastic job opportunities for our students and we look forward to supporting a future talent pipeline for this aspirational UK company. Today has provided a great opportunity for us to showcase just some of the talent and expertise we have in our staff and students." 

To pre-register for the Aston Martin Recruitment Event on Wednesday 30th March at Cardiff and Vale College International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT) go to www.astonmartin.com/careers/opendays or come along on the day between 11am-3pm.