JLR welcomes largest intake of UK graduates in company history

05 September 2011 #SMMT News

Jaguar Land Rover today welcomed its largest single intake of graduates in the company’s history. The 336 new recruits are beginning a two year programme developed to provide the right blend of technical expertise, personal development and knowledge needed for a truly rewarding career at one of the world’s leading automotive businesses.

The 2011 graduate intake are joining Jaguar Land Rover during one of the most exciting and challenging periods in the automotive industry as climate change, global consumer demands and economic volatility combine to challenge current ideologies and demand greater technological innovation.

Jaguar Land Rover HR Director, Des Thurlby, said: “Today marks an important day both for the graduates who are embarking on their careers with us and for our business as we enter a phase of intense investment in our future – investment in products, people and infrastructure. This is an incredibly exciting time for Jaguar Land Rover and these new recruits have a critical role to play in shaping our business and delivering our future success.”

As the highest ranking automotive manufacturer in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers index, Jaguar Land Rover has a proven track record in developing the future generation of innovators, engineers, buyers and marketeers needed to support its ambitious plans for growth and fuel expansion in to new and emerging markets. In the last four years alone Jaguar Land Rover has employed nearly 700 graduates who bring to the business energy, enthusiasm and fresh ideas.

During their first day with the company the graduates took part in an in-depth induction programme during which they met with members of the Jaguar Land Rover Board, got to grips with the latest product line up and were given an inspirational speech on team work and leadership from Olympic Champion and Patron of the Jaguar Academy of Sport, Sir Steven Redgrave.

Commenting on his appointment, Abhishek Sampat, a graduate in Automotive Engineering Design said: “I knew from beginning my course at Coventry University that I wanted a career in the automotive industry. As the largest investor in automotive R&D and engineering in the UK it was clear that Jaguar Land Rover could provide me with  the opportunity to learn from industry leaders in this field. It was also clear that a role here meant I would be able to make a strong and tangible contribution from the outset “.

Competition for the places was fierce with over 8,500 applications and in the coming months the company is set to launch its next campaign to find graduates for 2012.

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