Budding female engineers sought by Jaguar Land Rover

06 November 2013 #SMMT News

Jaguar Land Rover has today launched its 2014 apprenticeship recruitment drive, with the hope that more young women will be encouraged into an engineering career.

Currently the UK’s largest automotive apprenticeship provider, Jaguar Land Rover will welcome a further 150 recruits to its already 500-strong programme. Places will be offered on both the Advanced Apprenticeship, aimed at GCSE students, and the Higher Apprenticeship for A-level graduates. Jaguar Land Rover hopes that this year it will increase its current female apprenticeship workforce of 24.

In a bid to attract more females into the scheme in future years, Jaguar Land Rover is teaming up with Birmingham Metropolitan University to launch the ‘Girls in the Know’ programme. Focusing on girls aged between 10 and 14, the scheme aims to dispel outdated stereotypes still held about engineering and manufacturing.

Today the company welcomed 12 school children aged 10-14 to its Castle Bromwich Education Business Partnership Centre to see for themselves the wide range of engineering careers on offer at Jaguar Land Rover, and to take part in a number of engaging activities designed to bring engineering to life.

Mike Wright, Executive Director of Jaguar Land Rover said, “The Automotive sector is incredibly competitive and never has the challenge and opportunity for engineers in this industry been greater. It is therefore critical that Jaguar Land Rover attracts the next generation of engineers and innovators to help our business achieve its ambitious plans for growth.

“To do this, we are fully committed to advancing the STEM agenda with the development of grass roots initiatives such as ‘Girls in the Know’.

“All of our programmes are designed to engage and nurture a future generation of talent, and for those who have been inspired to pursue a rewarding career in engineering there is Jaguar Land Rover’s industry leading apprenticeship programme.”

Jaguar Land Rover’s 2014 apprenticeship scheme is now open – click here to apply or to find out more.

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