Jaguar Land Rover’s South Staffordshire plant is expanding its talent pool as part of the company’s drive towards an electric future.
The Engine Manufacturing Centre on the i54 business park is one of a number of locations preparing to take on apprentices.
The application process for 300 places opened at the start of this month and will run to March.
Under Jaguar Land Rover’s recently-announced Future Skills Programme the apprentices will be supporting both the drive towards vehicle electrification and upskilling in the digital data sphere.
Courses on offer at the Engine Manufacturing Centre include Level Advanced Three Apprenticeship, Applied Professional Engineering Degree and Supply Chain and Logistics Degree.
Apprenticeships across the Indian-owned company range from Level 3 to Level 7 and typically require five GCSEs at Level 5 or above, plus at least two A-Levels including Maths at Grade B or above.
The apprentices are among 800 people joining the company’s early careers programmes who include undergraduate and graduate placements.
It’s a 55 per cent increase on last year’s figure and a new record intake.
The new arrivals will join one of the largest apprenticeship populations in the UK automotive sector, with around 1,200 apprentices currently in training across the Jaguar Land Rover Academy
The drive to recruit further establishes a pipeline of skills which will see all Jaguar Land Rover modern luxury cars available in pure electric form by the end of the decade, the vision of the company’s Reimagine strategy.
*Third-quarter figures show that the company has posted a before-tax profit of £265 million, up from a £9 million loss in the same period last year.