STAFFORD’S biggest private sector employer is giving the town a massive jobs boost with some 200 new vacancies up for grabs.
The jobs are in Alstom’s grid business and most of them will be based at the company’s town base.
They range from very highly qualified engineers to support staff and the company said there could be more jobs in the future if legislation is introduced to encourage investment.
The news comes on the back of new figures which show Alstom’s UK base has had a good first six months’ trading.
The figures, published today, include £565 million of orders and £600 million in sales for the company’s UK operation.
Much of that is thanks to an Indian contract the company won which will be fulfilled by the Stafford base.
The 400 million Euros contract will see Alstom provide valves, transformers and other equipment, to create an energy highway to connect the power stations of Champa, in India, to Khurukshetra in northern India, using ultra high voltage direct current.
Steve Burgin, the company’s UK president, said: “This has been another successful six months for Alstom in the UK, with some major contract wins and an impressive order book.
“However, the long-term health of the company relies upon the Government establishing policy frameworks that encourage investment by our customers and also investments in Alstom products and services.
“If we see that, then we can create even more skilled jobs, many in the new industries such as offshore wind and carbon capture and storage. That means we can invest even more in the UK across all of our businesses and our people.”