1500 people attend Nissan recruitment day

Nissan opened its doors to allow applicants to meet current staff. Photo: ITV

The car maker Nissan has opened the doors of its Sunderland plant to allow people to find out more about jobs on offer at the company.

The plant in Washington is preparing for the busiest period in its 26 year history after securing production of four new models. It's now looking for 200 specialist staff in areas including engineering, maintenance and logistics to help meet that demand.

1,500 people attended a recruitment day at the plant to find out more about the roles and meet existing Nissan staff.

The latest official unemployment figures showed a rise of 8,000 out of work in the three months to April, to 145,000 people in the North East.

Nissan says recent model announcements on Wearside will create 625 jobs at the plant, with a further 2,400 in the supply chain. The plant will manufacture the electric LEAF, a new generation Qashqai, a new car based on the 'Invitation' concept, and a new hatchback.

Nissan is looking to fill 200 specialist roles. Credit: ITV

Recruitment for production line roles will begin in early 2013, and once complete will take the workforce to a record 6,225.