Skills shortage "means Hitachi will need staff from Nissan"

A government advisor, Jim O'Neill, said the North East does not have enough skilled workers to fill both Nissan in Sunderland and the new train plant run by Hitachi in Newton Aycliffe.

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Skills shortage "means Hitachi will recruit from Nissan"

A government advisor warned that a shortage of skilled workers in the North East of England means the train company Hitachi will have to recruit staff from nearby car manufacturer Nissan.

A Hitachi javelin train Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

The warning was issued by Jim O'Neill, a former senior banker who is now advising the government on how to grow the UK's cities.

Hitachi will create thousands of jobs at its factory in Newton Aycliffe. But there are fears that it will only be able to fill those vacancies by taking staff from the Nissan plant in Sunderland.

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