AN engineering firm is aiming to create more than 80 jobs over the next two years.
That predicted jobs boost comes on top of the 140 new staff already taken on by Fabricom Offshore Services over the last 12 months.
Its rapid growth follows the success of the firm, a subsidiary of global energy company Fabricom Oil Gas and Power, itself part of GDF Suez Energy Services, in landing lucrative long-term contracts from Maersk Oil North Sea UK and Talisman Energy.
Bosses at the company, based in North Tyneside since 2007, are hoping to employ more than 300 staff by 2014.
They have just signed a long-term lease for premises at Quorum Business Park in Longbenton, and North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon was on hand for the official opening of the site.
Fabricom managing director Allan Cairns said: “In 2010, we made a pledge to bring staffing levels up from 80 to 200 by 2012 at our Tyneside office.
“However, our rapid growth in recent months has enabled us to go above and beyond this projection, with existing employee levels sitting at 220.”
The past four years have also seen the company place heavy emphasis on the mentoring and support of more than 30 trainees, graduates and apprentices.
Mr Cairns added: “Training is a key aspect of our business strategy, and it is hoped that the investment which we are making in this area now will pay dividends in the long term, providing both Fabricom and the north east with a highly skilled workforce in the engineering sector.
“We are very keen to consolidate our presence in the region, and it is my aim to make Fabricom Offshore Services a sustainable and long-term employer in the north east for years to come.”