A company which makes parts for some of the biggest names in motorsport globally, including Formula 1, says it’s struggling to recruit the staff it needs to help it grow and increase sales.
Long Clawson firm KS Composites Ltd, which has been trading for 30 years, plans to expand into new premises over the next two years.
It currently employs 70 people but bosses say they need to recruit at least 60 more staff over the next three years, with eight workers required immediately.
From CNC machinists and composite laminators, to fitters and inspectors, the company is looking to bolster all departments.
Business development manager Ben Swain said: “Over the last 18 months we’ve struggled to understand why finding new recruits has been so difficult.
“We pay competitively for the industry and the career opportunities that this opens up, both internally and within the industry, are huge.
“If recruitment continues to be slow it will reach a point where it begins to stifle our growth.”
The business, which prides itself on training and recruiting local staff, believes a lack of knowledge of UK motorsport and composite manufacturing is the main reason why recruitment has been slow.
Mr Swain said: “There’s definitely an element of a lack of awareness about our company’s existence because of where we’re located but more so there is also a lack of knowledge of UK motorsport and composite manufacturing, and this needs to be addressed.
“We’re trying to resolve this issue by engaging with local schools and universities to promote industry growth.”
He added: “It’s always been vitally important to us that we recruit locally, taking staff from a wide range of backgrounds.
“So much is driven by attitude and enthusiasm rather than existing qualifications.
“A shared vision and passion across the business means we continue to enjoy to unparalleled levels of experience and success.”
l For more information about jobs available at KS Composites Ltd call Ben Swain on (01664) 823111.
For more about the firm visit www.kscomposites.com