70 keen for jobs

left to right, Paul Watts, Julie Price and David Price of The AMA Group.
left to right, Paul Watts, Julie Price and David Price of The AMA Group.

SEVENTY people have already registered for a recruitment day for a clothing firm which is set to create 100 jobs in East Durham.

AMA Group is set to open the new state-of-the-art facility at Whitehouse Business Park, in Peterlee, - with dozens already showing interest in .

The move signals the revival of an industry once at the heart of East Durham’s business community.

The company, launched by former Claremont Garments directors Paul Watts and David and Julie Price along with two other directors, announced in February that it would be creating more than 100 jobs over the next 18 months.

To support that phased recruitment drive, The AMA Group teamed up with Jobcentre Plus to host the open day, held at The Employability Trust unit at Palmer Road on the South West Industrial Estate.

Mr Watts said: “Since we announced that we were bringing clothing manufacturing back to the area, the level of interest we’ve had has been fantastic.

“We’ve had call after call from people who used to work in the industry in days gone by who are just desperate to work with us.

“That’s a great position to be in.

“We have always planned to recruit a mix of experienced machinists and enthusiastic young people who will receive industry training so this recruitment open day was the ideal opportunity for people to find out more about our plans and the jobs we’ll be recruiting.

“Initially we’re looking to have in place around 20 people with production starting at the end of this month followed by a phased recruitment drive to fill upwards of 100 positions.”

The AMA Group will be working with East Durham College to train young recruits.