Nissan’s jobs dividend is welcome news for region – The Yorkshire Post says

EDUCATION and skills are also critical if this region is also to become the beneficiary of investment comparable to the new £1bn Nissan plant in the North East to develop electric vehicles and the battery technology.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his visit to Nissan plant in Sunderland following the announcement by the car company that it is to create thousands of jobs making batteries for electric vehicles at a new 'gigafactory'.

As Yorkshire too, looks to maximise its potential as the nation’s new engine room for green energy, there will need to be a closer correlation between the education sector – and the skills requirements of employers.

And this is illustrated by the scale and significance of the Nissan announcement – it expects to create 1,600 jobs and anticipates a further 4,500 posts being created in supply companies. Hopefully the expertise of Yorkshire engineering firms will be amongst the beneficiaries and provide a much needed boost to this area.

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Yet, as a bullish Boris Johnson hotfooted himself to the North East and some Tory MPs hailed the decision as a vindication of Brexit after uncertainty over Nissan’s future in the region, he now needs to recognise the importance of education’s role when it comes to manufacturing and net zero.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his visit to Nissan plant in Sunderland following the announcement by the car company that it is to create thousands of jobs making batteries for electric vehicles at a new 'gigafactory'.

Now is the time to be investing at skills after the decision of the car supplier masked Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s admission that the UK and EU have failed to strike a deal over the British financial sector’s post-Brexit role in Europe. The longer-term implications of this – and proposed trade deals with, amongst others, Australia – remain to be seen.

What is certain, however, is that new opportunities will only be maximised if the Government invests now in the next generation as part of the country’s wider post-Covid recovery.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson (centre) walks from the Nissan car plant to the Envision AESC UK Ltd battery plant based at Nissan in Sunderland, following an announcement by Nissan's Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta that the Japanese car giant is to build a new electric model and huge battery plant in the UK in a massive boost to the automotive industry.