Recruitment drive as JLR to hire 275 graduates this summer

Posted on 16 Jul 2013

Tata-owned carmaker Jaguar Land Rover has announced it will hire more than 275 graduates between now and September.

This takes the company’s graduate intake up to almost 1,000, and shows the company is committed to investing in its UK operations.

CEO Dr. Ralf Speth referred to the company’s high levels of investment in recent years “but our future success lies in our ability to deliver even more advanced and sustainable products,” he said.

“This can only be achieved through a sustained commitment to the next generation of innovators who will lead the advancement of technologies required to shape the future of our company and the wider automotive industry,” he added.

Jaguar Land Rover ha stated that is wants to accelerate its engineering and design capabilities through greater academic collaboration with several UK universities.

The Coventry-headquartered company also has close links to several academic institutions including Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) and the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Ansty.

Its partnership with WMG includes a £100m investment in an advanced research facility and a £50m investment in a National Automotive Innovation Campus, currently under construction.

JLR's boss Dr Ralph Speth says talented people are the future for the car maker if it is to improve its technology and products

Due to open in 2016, the NAIC is a Technology Innovation and Education centre that will serve as a knowledge transfer centre for Jaguar Land Rover, its innovation partners and supply chain, to develop new components and automotive technologies, such composite structures.

This work will be coordinated with the new £1bn part-government sponsored Advanced Propulsion Centre, announced by the Business Secretary Vince Cable last week.

Jaguar Land Rover’s director of research and technology, Dr Wolfgang Epple, last week announced the funding of NAIC’s first academic appointment, a £1.4m project to create a new Advanced Propulsion Systems Chair, ie. professor, and research facility.

The new chair will lead a team which that will pursue international research leadership in advanced propulsion systems.