Jaguar Land Rover, or JLR, was formed when two of the UK's leading car manufacturers came together Jaguar and Land Rover after the two car manufacturers were purchased from Ford by Tata Motors in 2008.
Jaguar origins started out as a sidecar manufacturer for motor cycles back in 1922 when it was originally named Swallow Sidecars and didn't change their name to Jaguar until after WW2 when they moved to coventry and started to manufacture motorcars.
Land Rover, originally part of British Leyland, was a part of the Rover Group which ownership was under British Aerospace after British Leyland was broken up. The first Land Rover was launched in 1948 based on the Jeep in the US. It wasn't until 1951 when the, now very popular, Range Rover was born. in 1994 Rover Group was sold to BMW and then later broken up before being sold to Ford.
Jaguar Land Rover employs over 37,000 people worldwide with over 30,000 of them based in the UK and there head office is still in Coventry.
JLR apprenticeships are available across the UK in their head office or retail outlets covering manufacturing, technology and engineering. They offer entry level apprenticeships all the way up to degree apprenticeships.
Jaguar Land Rover offer many different apprenticeship programmes which includes their Advanced Apprenticeships programme covering manufacturing and engineering to their Level 7 Finance Apprenticeship where you can achieve a masters degree.
JLR also offer apprenticeships in their retail network which is run by Babcock International one of the UK's leading apprenticeship training providers. The qualifying criteria for one of JLRs retail apprenticeships is:
4 GCSE grades A – C (9 – 4) (or equivalent) which must include English, Maths and two other subjects.
In Scotland, applicants must have or be predicted to achieve National 5 in English, maths and ideally two other subjects. Standard Grades 1 - 4 and Intermediates are also accepted.
- BTEC first diplomas and certificates
- OCR Nationals
- Key Skills Level 2
- Essential Skills (Wales)
- Functional Skills Level 2
- Core Skills (Scotland)
Apprenticeships on offer in Jaguar Land Rovers retail network include:
• Customer Service - 12 Month Training Programme
• Sales Executives - 12 Month Training Programme
• Parts Advisors - 12 Month Training Programme
• Service Technicians - 36 Month Training Programme
Jaguar Land Rover actively recruit apprentices through out the year, not just for their retail apprenticeships. JLR have six other core apprenticeships they recruit for covering manufacturing, engineering, supply chain and technology.
We have high lighted below three of JLRs core apprenticeship programmes and how to apply to become an apprentice with Jaguar Land Rover.
Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship
There's no need to choose between education and practical skills, because our Advanced Apprenticeship gives you both. You can broaden your mind with brand new concepts at college and put them into action here at Jaguar Land Rover. One day, you'll be learning about the latest technologies in your field, and the next you'll be actually interacting with them - propelling your experiences beyond other people your age.
And while we open your eyes to the future of automotive technology, giving you a platform to make a real difference to Jaguar Land Rover and our customers, we'll also pay for you to complete several valuable academic and vocational qualifications.
You’ll learn how to work safely at all times and make a technical contribution to either the design, development, quality assurance, manufacture, installation, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of our products or equipment.
Manufacturing is at the very heart of Jaguar Land Rover, with thousands of vehicles being produced every day across our production facilities and you have an opportunity to join our team and influence the future of manufacturing. Applying for a role in our level 3 manufacturing pathway could lead to an exciting role in our manufacturing engineering team, stampings team or our maintenance team.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
To be eligible for our advanced (level 3) apprenticeship programme you will need to demonstrate a strong motivation for working in our manufacturing function and a good understanding of a level 3 'hands on' apprenticeship and the learning and training that is involved. You will also need to meet our academic entry criteria:
- GCSE Maths and English Language at level 4 or higher and in addition 3 further GCSEs at level 4 or higher to include one STEM subject OR an Engineering vocational qualification level 3 90 credits/540 GLH or higher.
Manufacturing Engineering (ME)
Our ME team is re-imagining what we have done in the past by developing in house solutions for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of all our facilities and processes. To support this vision, we are going to need to build a multi-skilled team of Level 3 apprentices in Electrical Installation, Mechanical and Electrical fitters and Workshop and metrology Technicians to support work at our new Technology Centre. This is hands-on, real-world engineering, you will learn many new skills and use many varied tools and equipment to enable the building and installation of manufacturing facilities.
Innovation and continuous improvement are at the heart of everything we do. Stamping Group combines both Engineering and Production Operations, responsible for the manufacture of Tooling and the production of quality Pressed parts to our customers’ satisfaction. The Engineering team work closely with both Design and Body Engineering to realise the unique Jaguar and Land Rover styling cues and the functional requirements of the major pressed parts that make up the body complete structure. Our teams use the latest technology to model both the forming of flat sheet metal into a finished part but also how presses, tooling and automation work in unison to produce parts at the most efficient rate possible.
Our Manufacturing maintenance teams are responsible for ongoing monitoring, maintenance and control of all equipment used in the manufacturing process as well as driving process and facility improvements and working with Manufacturing Engineering to integrate new processes and facilities into current operations. Joining through our early careers pathway gives you an unparalleled opportunity to learn about manufacturing systems and processes, gain real life experience of putting those skills into practice whilst being supported by experienced tradespeople sharing their knowledge with you.
Higher Engineering Apprenticeship
Our Powertrain function drives a world of potential. Here, our industry-leading experts have always had access to state-of-the-art build, test and sign off facilities to provide the power and driving force behind our world-class vehicles. What’s new now is that we’re driving even more change, and we’re doing it faster than ever.
We are reimagining the future of movement to deliver the next generation of luxury, innovative and sustainable cars. We’re focused on breaking new ground and electrifying opportunity: the internal combustion engine is no longer the only game in town.
Joining our cross-functional teams, you’ll learn and develop in one of the industry’s most dynamic environments, finding the balance between performance, sustainability and refinement and helping us to respond to the environmental issues that are shaping automotive innovation.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
To be eligible for our Higher Apprenticeship programme you will need to demonstrate a passion for Manufacturing and strong motivation for the role. You will also need to meet our academic entry criteria:
• Maths and English Language GCSE level 4 (C) or above.
In addition you will need three additional GCSE’s including a STEM subject at level 4 (C) or above, or as an alternative to the additional three GCSEs an Engineering Vocational qualification level 3 of 90 credit value (540 GLH)
• You’ll also need A Level Maths at C Grade or above.
Our team’s purpose is to ensure testing, measurement, methodology and technology are all consistent and accurate. As an active team member, you’ll be tasked with executing test plans, preparation, installation, modifications, maintenance and fault diagnosis of complex propulsion units – it’s a great way to learn from expert colleagues at the forefront of the industry.
In the second year, you’ll get exceptional experience in the test environment, getting hands on with state-of-the-art equipment, before being guided into your third year and final role.
Degree Supply Chain Apprenticeship
Our Reimagine programme is transforming every part of our business. It’s rethinking how we design and deliver the next generation of luxury, sustainable cars and everything that goes into them. And its driving change and breaking new ground in every part of every process.
That makes for an exciting time to join us. In reinventing our end-to-end Supply Chain capability and performance, our pioneering people are using advanced digital tools to bring together a global network of 1,000 suppliers in the most connected way possible to achieve one thing: delivering awe-inspiring vehicles on-time, flexibly and competitively.
As an Apprentice here, you get the benefit of both hands on, career-building experience at the forefront of automotive, and the opportunity to achieve a BSC (Hons) degree our experts have developed in conjunction with a West Midlands university.
From day one, you’ll get the opportunity to make an impact on our supply chain, continuously design and execute innovative strategies and solutions, optimise the journeys taken by parts from factory showroom and shape the future of movement along the way.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
To be eligible for our Supply Chain & Logistics degree apprenticeship programme you will need to demonstrate a passion for supply chain and logistics and a strong motivation for the role. You will also need to meet our academic entry criteria:
GCSE Maths and English Language at level 5 or higher and in addition a further 3 GCSEs at level 5 or higher. You will also need 3 A level’s at Grade C or above to include a Science, Engineering, Technology or Maths subject (must have a high numerical content).
Jaguar Land Rovers apprenticeships outside of their retail network start at the advanced level and below is a guideline of the starting salaries for apprentices depending on the apprenticeship level you study.
• Advanced Apprenticeships - from £13,500
• Higher Apprenticeships - from £17,000
• Degree Apprenticeships - from £20,000
Jaguar Land Rover actively recruit apprentices all year round, in they recruit over 300 apprentices each year across their retail network and within their head office in Coventry. If you want to become an apprentice with JLR simply register on the careers website and if they don't have an apprenticeship opportunity available now they will keep you informed as to when their apprenticeship programmes become available.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a form of further education which offers on the job training for you to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst studying part-time with an apprenticeship training provider, college or university through workshops or classroom training.
Apprenticeship training has to be delivered by a registered apprenticeship training provider which can also be an employer-provider, where the employer you are training through are on the register of training providers to be able to deliver their own training requirements. If an employer acts as an employer-provider they will usually employ a number of people such as Apprenticeship Assessors, Mentors and Managers to support you through your apprenticeship programme.
During your apprenticeship you will receive a salary and all the other benefits permanent employees receive. An apprenticeship job is only for a specified time as stipulated at the beginning of your apprenticeship training which can last anything from 12 months to 5 years.
To find our more about apprenticeships please refer to our What is an Apprenticeship? guide.
Why should you start an apprenticeship?
If you are considering your post 16 options you probably wouldn't have considered an apprenticeship a few years ago and would be struggling or worrying what to do when you leave school. It is a legal requirement for you to now stay in some form of further education until the age of 18 and you now have three options A-Levels, College or an Apprenticeship.
You can start an apprenticeship at the age of 16 through the Intermediate or Advanced level apprenticeship programmes across many industry sectors from Construction, Technology or even Marketing. There are no entry requirements for the intermediate apprenticeship, however you will need at least 5 GCSE's at grade 4 (previously C grade) or above to qualify for the advanced apprenticeship. On completion of the intermediate you will gain the qualifying criteria for a level 3.
The best reason for starting an apprenticeship is on completion of each level you will receive a nationally recognised qualification from an NVQ all the way up to a degree level apprenticeship such as a Bachelors or Masters.
How can you become an apprentice?
There are a number of ways to become an apprentice so we thought we would list them for you:
- Register with websites like ourselves, there are others available.
- Apprenticeship Job Fairs are great for meeting employers and training providers.
- Contact training providers in your area, a simple Google search "Training providers near me" will give you the information you need.
- Contact your local colleges or universities or visit their websites to see if they offer apprenticeship training.
- UCAS promote apprenticeship opportunities on their website on behalf of employers.
- Do some research on apprenticeships and find a topic or industry that you would like to start an apprenticeship in and then research local companies in those sectors and visit their websites to see if they offer apprenticeship training and apply directly with them.
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