So, Vauxhall was saved by General Motors, who promised to invest heavily in its Ellesmere Port plant. Then another recession hits the UK. It doesn’t just rain in England, it pours...

But GM has (thankfully) stuck true to its word, announcing that approximately 700 students are to visit its two UK plants this month to explore career opportunities in vehicle manufacture and engineering. Vauxhall is officially Britain’s fourth top recruiter, and the largest employer in the automotive sector.

The seventh generation Astra is being built in Ellesmere Port until 2020, and over June, students in schools, colleges and more will be able to tour the plant to see how manufacturing works first-hand.

Since the announcement apprenticeships in the area have doubled. Vauxhall’s current chairman and managing director both started at the company as apprentices, which shows Vauxhall likes to promote a healthy chain of inner-recruitment when it builds for the future.

Business secretary Vince Cable was instrumental in helping to secure the GM deal that has saved 2,100 jobs and created hundreds more. 94 per cent of existing staff agreed to new working terms and conditions alongside a new payment structure - the future’s looking very bright indeed in Ellesmere Port!

Available between June 20 and 27, tours and sessions will be available from 09.00 to 12.30. The tour resumes from 13.00 to 15.30 after a half-hour lunch.

To book your day at the Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port, you can contact the lovely Sophie Tobin at You can also telephone her on 0151 350 2233.

Are you planning to visit the Ellesmere Port factory? Are you a current apprentice that would like to share your experiences of the company? Maybe you’ve recently been successful in your application and want to talk about your hopes for the future? If so, tweet our @Askaprice account or like our Facebook page!