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AESC shortlisted for North East Automotive Alliance awards

We are delighted to announce that two members of the AESC team have been shortlisted for the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) awards.

Engineer Elena Westerman is the only female shortlisted in this year’s Graduate award category.

Maintenance Technician Molly Craggs is one of three apprentices shortlisted for the Geoff Ford MBE Apprentice Award sponsored by Gateshead College.

Held on Thursday 23 March, the NEAA awards honour the brightest talent and outstanding achievements of companies shaping the North East automotive industry.

As well as fantastic recognition for the two individuals, the shortlisting is an acknowledgement of AESC’s commitment to developing and nurturing local talent through our apprenticeship programme and strong links to schools, colleges and universities in the region.

Future workforce

AESC employs nearly 500 employees in Sunderland and is investing heavily in its existing work force and future capability. They have 45 technician apprentices and a rapidly expanding graduate scheme for engineering, IT and supply chain management.

This is underpinned by an extensive partnership with Sunderland college, where an additional 68 employees are studying for nationally recognised qualifications. 

Michelle Kennard, Senior HR Manager said: “We are incredibly proud of our nominees who have been deservedly recognised for their performance. Both Molly and Elena have already made a significant contribution to our organisation, so early on in their careers.

“AESC is growing rapidly as we prepare to move into our second EV battery gigafactory in Sunderland and recruiting talented apprentices and graduates like Molly and Elena is key to our success both today and in the future.”

Recruitment for AESC’s apprenticeship scheme is now open Working as a Apprentice – Envision (

About AESC

AESC is a Japan-headquartered global battery technology company dedicated to the research, development, design, manufacturing, and sale of power batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and energy storage systems. AESC has over 7,000 employees and 13 manufacturing sites across Japan, the U.S., the U.K., France, Spain, and China.

Over the past 13 years, AESC has produced power batteries for more than 950,000 EVs across 59 countries, achieving a flawless record of ‘zero critical incidents.’ AESC teams strive for continuous improvement and global leadership in product development, quality, and sustainability. In 2022, AESC was again named among ‘Global Tier 1 Battery Companies’ by Benchmark, a leading UK-based lithium-ion battery supply chain research organization.

More details on the awards can be found here:

Donation towards a school STEM project is key aim as a glittering array of talent comes together for the North East Automotive Alliance Awards – North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA)