Opel España to Hire 1,400 New Employees By 2018
Opel España has announced that it will hire 1,400 new employees by 2018, aiming to replace in excess of 25% of its current Zaragoza workforce in four years’ time. Those being replaced are primarily employees born between 1954 and 1957 and being positioned to enter into partial retirement.
The deal was part of Opel’s agreement with the Aragón Employment Institute, which will serve as Opel’s employment agency for the next four years. The agreement was signed by Aragón President Luisa Ferbabda Rudí and General Director of General Motors España Antonio J. Cobo at a ceremony that was attended by, among others, the Minister of Economy and Employment of the Regional Government, Francisco Bono.
“This initiative will help us find and promote talent, develop the employment opportunity capacities of our youth, as well as create a future for Aragón and for Spain,” said Antonio Cobo. “The agreement is part of the workforce rejuvenation plan that Opel España is executing in order to successfully meet the challenges of the future.”
“Opel is committed to a competitive business model based on sustainability and social, environmental and economic concerns which will offer the greatest possible benefit to the Spanish and Aragonese society. We want to make the community we are a part of a better place, and thereby contribute to creating a better tomorrow for future generations in Aragón and Spain,” Cobo added.
Zaragoza will be a key player in Opel’s plan to launch 27 new models and 17 new engines in the next four years. Opel is currently one of the largest employers in all of Spain, opening in 1982 and manufacturing nearly 12 million units in its 30-plus-year history.