UK manufacturers welcome their new graduates and apprentices

26 September 2014 #SMMT News
The new Rolls-Royce apprentices and graduates, 2014

The new Rolls-Royce apprentices and graduates for 2014

This week, two of the UK’s most esteemed manufacturers, Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls-Royce, have welcomed their intake of graduates and apprentices.

Jaguar Land Rover has taken on 283 new graduates in September. A two year-long programme will see the new employees develop and gain varied experience in their specialism, while building professional relationships across the organisation. Over the past four years the graduate programme has recruited over 1,200 young people, in addition to offering undergraduate work placements.

The majority of graduates at Jaguar Land Rover will be based in manufacturing, programmes and engineering. However there are also opportunities to join commercial areas such as finance, HR, marketing, sales, IT and PR, with around 80 students taking on these roles.

Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are investing significantly in the future of Jaguar Land Rover by creating very special vehicles for our customers and, just as importantly, by employing and developing the people that will help ensure our continued success.  Great people and great products are the essence of this great British company.”

Similarly this month Rolls-Royce has been joined by its 2014 intake of 11 new apprentices and 13 graduates.  The company’s apprenticeship programme has been running since 2006, offering young people the opportunity to begin their career in automotive manufacturing by training at the Goodwood facility, while gaining nationally-recognised qualifications. Members of the graduate programme are able to work across business functions and the wider BMW Group, while acquiring business and professional qualifications.

Frank Ludwig, Director of Manufacturing for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said, “Our successful Apprenticeship and Graduate Programmes deliver future talent for Rolls-Royce and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the development and training of young people in the UK manufacturing industry.”

Read the SMMT fact sheet on skills, apprentices and employment in the UK to learn more about opportunities and careers in the automotive industry.

Jaguar Land Rover is already taking applications for its 2015 programme and potential candidates for Rolls-Royce are encouraged to apply online.

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