A construction company is set to create 50 jobs in Coventry after being supported by the Coventry & Warwickshire LEP Growth Hub.

At the beginning of the year, SOCOTEC moved into a new, 50,000 m² site in the Leofric Business Park in Progress Close, Binley.

The company provides testing, inspection and compliance services for a number of sectors including infrastructure, security compliance and sustainability, environmental compliance, building control and fire protection consulting. The company currently employs 80 people at its Coventry facility and plans to add more team members in the coming months.

SOCOTEC Central recently received a four-year contract to support a contractor on a transport project that is carrying out specific conformity tests on 80 km of track between the Chiltern Tunnels and Long Itchington in Warwickshire.

The company is also in the process of setting up a geotechnical laboratory, which should be completed early next year.

Peter Godfrey, Director of Major Projects at SOCOTEC UK, said: “Since SOCOTEC is securing a significant test project on site and is building the geotechnical laboratory at the same time, approx or are in the laboratory environment at Central.

“No previous knowledge is required for these entry-level positions and comprehensive training is offered so that everyone who is at the beginning of their professional career or who would like to alternate from their current job has a fantastic opportunity to learn and develop at SOCOTEC.”

“SOCOTEC Central is primarily a training facility. We pride ourselves on providing a platform for people who want to work in the construction testing, inspection and compliance market.

“The Growth Hub is helping us with our recruiting drive and assisting us with our move by merging our offices in Southam and Daventry and providing valuable networking opportunities.”

Justine Chadwick, Account Manager at CWLEP Growth Hub added, “We launched CW Employment Solutions for employers, recruiters, job seekers and graduates to connect, find jobs, post job openings and access the wealth of support that is available throughout the region.

“The Growth Hub supports SOCOTEC in its recruiting offensive and the high number of vacancies is evidence of the success in winning new orders and expanding its infrastructure.”