As previously reported on The Leaders Council, Evtec Automotive rescued the Arlington car parts manufacturer back in May 2020. The rescue deal saw more than 60 jobs saved for disabled workers at the plant after it went into administration as a result of Covid-19 and a drop in car sales.
The Evtec Automotive plant in Coventry has deals in place to continue making car parts for many of the major players in the UK automotive sector, with a strong focus on supporting the burgeoning electric vehicle (EV) sector.
The BBC have now interviewed some of the workers whose jobs were saved in the takeover and who are now being welcomed back to the plan. Dean Phillips who has worked at the plant for 24 years was initially made redundant. On looking a new job Phillips said ‘"It is difficult for me [to find a new job] because I have got to be careful being disabled, it wouldn't be easy."
Being reemployed and upon returning to the Coventry plant he said it had been a relief.
Scott Harwood, who had been employed by Arlington for more than seven years and has now been re-employed by Evtec, said when initially made redundant that "It was disappointing not to be able to say goodbye to a lot of the people I used to work with
"I am dyslexic, so it was very confusing with all the paperwork and that, so it was a bit of a hard time."
Jane Billson, head of HR, said since: "Since the Evtec acquisition we have been working hard to stabilise the business whilst providing meaningful opportunities not only for ex-employees who were made redundant under the administration... but also offer employment to some of our temporary workers who had stuck with the business throughout the past 10 months’’