According to new reports, Tesla is looking to hire a massive amount of employees at Gigafactory Texas over the next year. The EV giant is apparently trying to hire a majority of student workers and CEO Elon Musk is taking part in the recruiting process.
Earlier this week Tesla posted several new job listings as it began a hiring spree for Gigafactory Texas. After announcing Texas would house Tesla’s next Gigafactory, the automaker revealed that the new facility would employ over 5,000 people.
However, that number just doubled as Musk is now saying that Gigafactory Texas will need over 10,000 people by the end of next year. By the end of last year, the EV giant had over 70,000 employees total.
Gigafactory Texas will house the production of the Tesla Model Y, Model 3, Cybertruck, Tesla Semi, along with the company’s brand new 4680 battery cells unveiled last year during Tesla’s Battery Day event.
Tesla director of recruiting and workforce development, Chris Reilly, elaborated on Tesla goal of hiring student workers saying (via Austin Business Journal): “The company has established relationships with Austin Community College, Huston-Tillotson University, the University of Texas and the Del Valle Independent School District, Reilly said. The car manufacturer is well known for not requiring college degrees for some of its jobs, but Reilly said part of the work they’re doing with the local colleges is ‘thinking about recruiting students who can graduate high school and start a career at Tesla while continuing their education.'”
Reilly continued: “Getting to build programs with these educational institutions, with the Texas Workforce Commission, has just been so exciting. It’s really been a part of the thread of this work from site selection. We have opportunities for entry-level roles, for individuals that are coming from outside manufacturing… that have that passion, have that drive and want to come make a difference.”