David Cameron visits apprentices and graduates at Jaguar Land Rover

22 July 2011 #SMMT News

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) today welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron to the company’s global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire, where he met with apprentices and graduates who have recently joined the company.

During the visit Mr Cameron announced a £25 million fund that will support the creation of additional apprenticeship places, helping businesses offer enhanced opportunities to inspire the next generation of talented engineers.

The Prime Minster said, “Jaguar Land Rover is a brilliant example of a business that is investing in skills for the future. It is time to re-industrialise the UK so that means more hi-tech jobs – that’s what’s happening here at Jaguar Land Rover.”

“It’s great to see government continuing to support apprenticeships with this initiative,” added Dr Ralf Speth, JLR Chief Executive Officer. “We work very closely with schools and academic institutions across the UK to help inspire and create the next generation of engineers and technologists. It is these apprentices – and graduates – who will ultimately help drive and shape the future of our business.”

More than 100 apprentices have joined JLR’s own apprentice scheme this year, starting their career in the fields of manufacturing, engineering and technology with an initial 36 to 42 month training programme.

Mr Cameron’s visit comes as JLR is in the process of recruiting 1,300 new employees, including 1,000 engineers, as part of the company’s growth strategy.

JLR is one of the companies involved in the ‘See Inside Manufacturing‘ initiative, which is part of government’s drive to encourage young people to consider careers in engineering and manufacturing, and sets out to challenge existing perceptions of UK manufacturing within the automotive industry.

Click through to find out more about ‘See Inside Manufacturing‘ on the Automotive Council’s website.



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