Jaguar to recruit more than 40 apprentices

Jaguar Land Rover has announced it will recruit more than 40 engineering apprentices, a day before it accepted an £800m bailout from the government.

The apprenticeships will last up to four years, with the initial 18 months to two years at college. During this time apprentices would earn an NVQ2 in Performing Engineering Operations, an NVQ3 in the chosen trade pathway and a Technical Certificate, as well as developing wider key skills.

Des Thurlby, HR director at Jaguar Land Rover, said car manufacturers had a responsibility to develop engineers from a young age.

“We’re committed to the training and development of a world-class workforce and the Advanced Apprenticeship programme is another important step in ensuring a future generation of engineering talent to drive the business forward.”

At the end of the initial training period, apprentices will start work at one of the manufacturer’s factories and continue studies on a day-to-day basis, with the opportunity to complete a City & Guilds, HNC, or foundation degree.

Jaguar switched to a shorter working week last month and accepted a 12-month pay-freeze in an effort to save jobs.

Earlier today it emerged the company had accepted £500m of public funding to keep the company afloat, with a further £300m loaned from the European Investment Bank and underwritten by the British government, a source told the Daily Mail.

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