Jaguar Land Rover has recruited 273 new graduates from many of the country's leading academic institutions as part of its ambitious plans for growth.
Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO said: ‘Jaguar Land Rover's drive towards excellence in research, design and innovation has seen us invest heavily in our business. This can only be achieved through a continued 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.’
In July this year, Jaguar Land Rover was named Responsible Business of the Year by Business in the Community for, amongst other things, its role in championing the agenda around the advancement of skills and development of young people. And as the highest-ranking automotive manufacturer in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers index, Jaguar Land Rover certainly has a proven track record in developing the future generation of professionals in the automotive industry.
During their first day with the company, the new graduates took part in an introductory program where they met with members of the Jaguar Land Rover Board, familiarised themselves with the latest vehicle line up and had a glimpse at some of the products of the future.
One of last year’s intake, Cora Moffat, is about to begin her second year working in Chassis Development. She said: ‘During my first year on the graduate program I have been able to use the engineering knowledge gained at university in a real business environment. From early on in the scheme I have been given a role with real responsibility and I can see how decisions I make influence the company.’
The Jaguar Land Rover graduate program is designed to provide a blend of personal and professional development, along with opportunities to network with other graduates and build relationships across the entire business. Graduates joining Jaguar Land Rover are allocated a department based on their specialism but will, over the course of the two year program have an opportunity to gain experience in a number of functions from Product Development and Purchasing to Logistics and Finance.
Jaguar Land Rover’s 2012 sales figures were up 30% on 2011, with exports of £11bn in the 2011/12 financial year making the company one of the largest exporters in the UK. It’s a trend that the company is betting on, having confirmed further investment of £2.75bn for the financial year to March 2014.
To register your interest for the 2014 graduate program go to jaguarlandrovercareers.com