Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has recently announced its plans to create hundreds of new job opportunities in the West Midlands region.
This recruitment drive aims to support the increasing production of Range Rover vehicles and the development of next-generation electric models. With a focus on bolstering their workforce, JLR is seeking to hire 300 technicians and test engineers across multiple locations including Solihull, Gaydon, Warwickshire, and Whitley plants.
The expansion of JLR’s workforce comes as a response to the growing demand for Range Rover vehicles. Around 100 of the new positions will be dedicated to supporting the increase in Range Rover and Range Rover Sport production at the company’s new £130 million body shop in Solihull. This state-of-the-art facility will be equipped with cutting-edge automation technology, including nearly 700 robots.
In addition to increasing Range Rover production, JLR is also focused on the testing and maintenance of new electric vehicles. Approximately 200 technicians and test engineers will be based in Gaydon and Whitley, where they will contribute to the production and development of JLR’s next-generation electric vehicles. This investment in electric vehicle technology aligns with JLR’s commitment to sustainable transportation and the global shift towards electrification.
The announcement of these new job opportunities has been met with enthusiasm from West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street. He recognizes the positive impact this investment will have on the region’s economy and workforce. In his statement, Mayor Street praises the “exceptionally talented workforce” in the West Midlands and highlights the potential for increased skills, prosperity, and opportunities for local families.
Barbara Bergmeier, JLR’s Executive Director of Industrial Operations, emphasizes the significance of Solihull and Gaydon in the company’s global operations. She sees these new roles as an opportunity for talented individuals to be part of JLR’s ongoing transformation to electrification. JLR’s investment of £15 billion over five years will not only focus on its industrial footprint and vehicle programs, but also on autonomous, AI, and digital technologies, as well as enhancing the skills of its workforce.
As part of this transformation, JLR is converting its manufacturing facilities in Solihull, Wolverhampton, and Halewood to produce electric vehicles. The shift towards electric mobility reflects JLR’s commitment to reducing environmental impact and meeting the evolving demands of the automotive industry.