Jaguar Land Rover is to begin the first phase of a recruitment drive for its new i54 plant in Staffordshire today.
Over the next four years, JLR is hoping to take on 600 people in manufacturing roles at the Engine Manufacturing Centre business park site located near Wolverhampton.
The company said it hopes to increase that recruitment figure to 1,400 overall, as part of a £500m outlay, which will become the biggest private investment ever seen in the region.
Trevor Leeks, the Engine Manufacturing Centre’s new operations director, said: “Our new Engine Manufacturing Centre is a significant strand of Jaguar Land Rover’s global growth ambitions and it is critical that we have a world-class manufacturing team at the heart of our new plant.
“We are starting to build our operational team for the future with the launch of our recruitment campaign.”
South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson said there is cause for much optimism in the region due to JLR’s impending arrival.
“2014 is going to be a momentous year because we’re going to see the opening of Jaguar Land Rover’s engine plant at the i54,” he said.
“I want to get as much as we can out of it for the West Midlands, with local businesses involved in supplying it. I also want to see schools working with JLR.”