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Jaguar Land Rover hails government funding for UK auto sector skills

Jaguar Land Rover has welcomed an announcement by Business Secretary Vince Cable of £11.3 million in government funding for an Automotive Council UK skills development initiative.

The financing matches £19.1 million automotive industry investment in a series of cross-sector programmes that will inspire the next wave of vehicle makers and create new routes into automotive careers.

A joint UK government-industry association has been developed by the Automotive Council and will introduce a number of programmes that will benefit all companies in the UK automotive supply chain.

Manufactures will work together to identify and meet the sector’s skills needs and create an industry-standard jobs framework in the UK.

Young people will also gain first-hand experience of the industry and hopefully inspire future generations of engineers and technicians.

JLR’s head of Technical Excellence, Jo Lopes, chairs the Automotive Council’s Industrial Partnership and commented on the announcement, “The Automotive Industrial Partnership brings together industry’s employers on an unprecedented scale.”

“By working collaboratively and taking an innovative and sector-wide approach, we are ensuring that the UK’s automotive sector can grow and retain the skills talent that is so vital for the industry’s continued success.”

“Jaguar Land Rover is committed to investing in skills, both in terms of our own workforce, and also through our wider work with the Automotive Council, government, skills agencies and our suppliers.”

Adding, “Innovative approaches such as the initiative announced today are vital in enabling UK manufacturing to grow and compete globally.”

Jaguar Land Rover is central to a revitalised UK manufacturing industry after investing over £10 billion, doubling its workforce to 32 thousand and more than doubled its sales over the last five years.

Earlier in January, JLR announced plans to create an additional 1,300 jobs at its Solihull plant to support further development of lightweight vehicle technologies.

Jaguar Land Rover’s investment in people extends to the wider automotive supply chain and the company has set up a team to work closely with supply on wider skills development.

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