Wrightbus ups Ballymena workforce

Wrightbus is creating more than 40 new jobs at its Ballymena factory in preparation for increasing production this year to support the PM’s pledge for at least 4,000 new zero emission buses to be produced during this parliament.

A recruitment drive will see it employ 46 new members of production and office staff, including coachbuilders, spray painters, welders, electrical engineers, technicians, accountants, sales staff and a project manager. Nineteen of the positions will be apprenticeships, and an international project engineer role has also been created as the firm looks to increase export sales.

Wrightbus CEO Jo Bamford says: “There’s no doubt that 2020 was a challenging year for everyone for many reasons. We have made huge strides in 2020, despite the year being paralysed by the coronavirus pandemic, yet 2021 is going to be the year hydrogen really makes its mark.

“This recruitment will help us support the Government’s investment pledge for at least 4,000 zero emission buses in the UK.”