- Move comes as JLR transitions to electrification
- JLR expands its apprenticeship schemes by 50 places, bringing the total to 350 places
- Company has reintroduced Level Four Higher Apprenticeships for BTEC and T-Level students alongside those with A-Level maths
- New Supply Chain and Procurement Degree Apprenticeship launched to enhance digital management of global electric vehicle value chain
Gaydon, 4 February 2024: JLR is today announcing it is opening up the entry requirements on an apprenticeship programme this year to attract candidates from a broader range of educational backgrounds.
In a first for JLR, candidates with BTEC and T-Level qualifications can now apply for its Level Four Higher Apprenticeship in engineering, alongside candidates with A-level maths.
Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week (5–9 February), the UK’s largest luxury car manufacturer is also adding a further 50 places to its 2024 apprenticeship scheme bringing the total number of available apprenticeships to 350, to offer a JLR career to more candidates.
In readiness for the company’s next generation electric vehicle value chain, JLR has also launched a new Supply Chain and Procurement Degree Apprenticeship to help revolutionise the planning, resilience and sustainability of the company’s future global supply network.
19-year-old, Suleman Ahmed, from Birmingham, a JLR Applied Professional Engineering degree apprentice, turned down a highly sought after place at the University of Cambridge in favour a JLR degree apprenticeship, because of the career prospects the company offers.
Suleman is involved in the development of JLR’s next generation electric vehicles. He tests the physical durability of parts and the functionality of car systems using a mix of software, hardware and coding to simulate a real-world environment.
The JLR degree apprenticeship offers a great combination of working for an established global and well-known company and a place at prestigious university – Warwick - where I can attain a BEng qualification in just four years.
I have always been interested in becoming an engineer and crucially, I am growing and learning every day, contributing ideas and playing a role in engineering JLR’s next generation vehicles.
Suleman Ahmed, JLR Applied Professional Engineering Degree Apprentice
Central to JLR’s Reimagine strategy is our passion for giving people from all backgrounds the opportunity to have a fantastic and fulfilling career at JLR.
That is why we are changing the requirement for A-level maths on our Level 4 Higher Engineering Apprenticeship, to give those who may have pursued alternative qualifications with equal merit, such as BTEC and T-Levels, the chance to show their potential. Our ambition is to inspire the next generation of proud creators who will create exceptional experiences for our clients through our next generation modern luxury vehicles.
Caroline Leslie, JLR Global Head of Early Careers
This year's National Apprenticeship Week theme is 'Skills for Life,' and this is exactly what JLR is providing its apprentices with as they develop cutting-edge vehicle technology.
This Government champions high-quality apprenticeships which grow our economy, and in Gaydon this week I’ll meet with apprentices on these very schemes, who are building successful careers and delivering greener transport for all.
Technology and Decarbonisation of Transport Minister Anthony Browne
JLR is among the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2023 in the UK, and has around 1,600 apprentices, graduates and undergraduates enrolled on its Early Years Careers programme.
JLR apprenticeships help young people to gain essential STEM skills on the job, while earning and not accruing tuition debts.
More detailed information about the programmes can be found on our website here - Apprenticeships - JLR Careers Apprenticeships - JLR Careers (jaguarlandrovercareers.com).