Business secretary praises Jaguar apprenticeship scheme

Sajid Javid, the government’s business secretary, has applauded automotive firm Jaguar Land Rover for its efforts in the apprenticeship sector, after he met with 600 newly employed graduates and trainees that join the company as higher apprentices.

‘Great for Britain’

The automotive giant reports that this year’s intake is up 100 from last year. In total, over 2,500 people have been hired through its graduate, advanced and higher apprentice programmes over the past five years.

The new apprentices become the first to be part of the Jaguar Land Rover Academy, which was officially launched this week. The academy aims to ‘‘offer learning and development for employees at all stages of their working lives with the company, whether they are new recruits or more experienced employees seeking to move to the next level in the organisation.’’

Sajid Javid met with the apprentices at a UK car industry event held by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

‘‘It is great for Britain that we have got such a successful automotive industry and the graduates and apprentices joining Jaguar Land Rover this week will have an important role to play in building on that success in the future,’’ commented Javid.

‘‘I congratulate the new intake on securing the opportunity to work at the heart of the renaissance of the British car industry.  Companies like Jaguar Land Rover are backing the next generation of British talent, helping people to build careers and boosting the country’s productivity.’’

Building the foundations for successful apprenticeships

The visit from Javid emphasises Jaguar’s devotion to the development of young people’s skills, with 85 of the 333 graduates joining this week previously having been on paid undergraduate placements with the company.

Jaguar Land Rover is also a champion of women in apprenticeships, with its ‘Young Women In The Know’ initiative offering 15-18 year old female students the chance to explore a career with Jaguar Land Rover.

Danella Bagnall, vehicle programme director at Jaguar Land Rover, uses her own personal experience to demonstrate the fine job her firm has been doing in regards to apprenticeships.

‘‘I started my career as an apprentice 26 years ago which was a great way of continuing education, developing skills, and getting into industry.’’

‘‘I am now an engineering director, which demonstrates the excellent career progression opportunities available to women in a modern engineering-led business like Jaguar Land Rover.  I would thoroughly recommend a career in engineering to girls.’’