Around 1,300 people crammed into Bridgwater College last week for an event showcasing new jobs being offered by international luxury leather goods brand Mulberry.
The Somerset-based company is building its second major UK factory in Bridgwater and invited local people to the College’s Energy Skills Centre to hear more about its recruitment drive.
The factory, to be called The Willows and set to open in June 2013, will manufacture items from the company’s luxury handbag line, employing around 300 people in roles ranging from production operatives and supervisors to maintenance engineers and floor managers. For the recruitment evening, the Centre was themed into distinct areas which including a manufacturing zone where visitors could gain a unique insight into how the production line operates, from cutting the leather to inking, skiving, stitching and finishing. The branding zone was an equally popular area, displaying the latest range of handbags, which retail for anything from £1000 upwards.
Ian Scott, Group Supply Director for Mulberry, gave a number of speeches on the night and told the audience,
“We are proud to be an English company and to have the heart of our business in Somerset. We really believe in employing local people. All of these are skilled jobs—full training will be given to make true craftsmen and women of you.”
Bridgwater College already delivers an apprenticeship training programme for Mulberry at its Chilcompton factory and hopes to be working closely with employees at the Bridgwater factory. In the meantime, the College is working with Job Centre Plus to identify new employees for The Willows and will then be offering a pre-employment training programme to support those applying for jobs at Bridgwater.
For interest in jobs at Mulberry/existing queries call 01278 357626 or email Mulberry.