Honda begins search for recruits at new plant

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Japanese car giant Honda today began recruiting for 1,000 new jobs at its new plant in Swindon, Wiltshire.

Japanese car giant Honda today began recruiting for 1,000 new jobs at its new plant in Swindon, Wiltshire.

The jobs, first announced last year, will be in addition to the 3,000 Honda staff who make Accord and Civic models there.

The company is looking for about 200 skilled engineers and 800 production workers who will help build a new small car which will go on sale in autumn 2001.

The current plant turns out 150,000 units a year and the new one will produce around 100,000, with production starting in June next year.

Transport and General Workers Union general secretary Bill Morris said: "I am pleased to hear that Honda - Rover's former UK partner - will be making an investment in Swindon.

"This should surely send a message to BMW (which owns Rover) that the UK provides an excellent base for car manufacturing."

The Honda operation is entirely separate from the Rover body-pressing plant at Swindon where there are fears of 1,500 job losses as part of the break-up of the Rover business.

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