The Ford Motor company is recruiting locally for 250 new employees.


They will work as production operators for a new diesel engine, developed in south Essex.


This next-generation, low-CO2, 2.0-litre diesel engine family will be made at Ford’s engine plant in Dagenham.


It represents an investment of over £380 million, including support from the UK Government’s Regional Growth Fund.


The engine has been designed and developed at the Ford’s Technical Centre in Dunton.


The first engine will be produced at Dagenham towards the end of 2015. Production capacity will ultimately reach 350,000 units per annum. The new diesel engine will be installed in Ford vehicles from 2016.


The new recruits will join the existing staff of around 2,000 employed at Dagenham in engine production and engineering.


The first wave of new employees, joining the company on a 23-month fixed-term contract, are planned to start in December this year and will be followed by further waves in the first half of 2015. Ford already employs over 13,500 people across the UK,


These new production positions will be part of the manufacturing team setting up and running the new engine production line, which will help maintain Ford Dagenham’s overall production capacity at close to one million units per annum.


Last year Ford Dagenham produced 787,398 diesel engines. 85 per cent of the products were exported.


This latest diesel engine programme at Ford Dagenham is part of a £1.5billion investment by Ford in low-carbon and environmentally friendly engine and vehicle technology over five years


Applications for the new jobs can be made online at