Peugeot launches recruitment drive to boost production

Car giant Peugeot is recruiting 700 part-time and temporary employees to
increase production by 12,000 cars this year.

The extra recruits will allow its Coventry plant to remain open throughout
the traditional three-week summer shut down – a first for a UK car company –
and gives the plant the capacity to produce a new model.

The move will also allow Peugeot’s 3,000 staff greater flexibility over when
they take their summer holidays – including a quarter of staff who will be able
to take time off during the eight-week summer school break.

John Bewick, director of manufacturing personnel at Peugeot, expects around
1,500 applications for the jobs.

Each applicant will be put through a rigorous process to make sure the
company gets the right staff. The application form has been extended to include
a section on ‘character’ to ensure applicants have an attitude to work that suits
the company culture. Successful applicants will then be called in for practical
production-line tests and, if successful, will then be offered an interview.

Bewick said: "Employees are positive about the holiday choice. Morale
is high and I hope to be able to continue to offer the deal in future
years."

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