Jaguar Land Rover has announced it is recruiting 300 new technicians and test engineers in the West Midlands to support the continued growth of Range Rover production and development of its electric models.
100 maintenance technicians will be employed at a newly built body shop in the Solihull plant, costing around £130m, they will support an intended increase in Range Rover and Range Rover Sport production by 30% in future quarters.
Another 200 technicians and test engineers are to be based at JLR’s Gaydon Engineering Centre and Whitley Powertrain facility, where they will support with testing and development of JLR's next generation EVs.
‘’Solihull and Gaydon are at the heart of our global operations and these roles are an opportunity for talented individuals to be part of our transformation to electrification,” said Barbara Bergmeier, JLR’s Executive Director of Industrial Operations.
“I am extremely excited to welcome a new cohort of individuals to develop their skills and join our family of proud creators of some of the most desirable modern luxury vehicles.’’
JLR is investing £15bn over five years in JLR’s industrial footprint, vehicle programmes, autonomous, AI and digital technologies and people skills.
“It’s great news that JLR are doubling down on their commitment to our region with this new announcement supporting the Range Rover and future of Electric Vehicles,” commented Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands.
“The West Midlands is blessed with an exceptionally talented workforce and so I’m so pleased this has been recognised by JLR as they continue to broaden employment opportunities for local people here.
“The investment JLR is making will boost skills, prosperity, and opportunity for even more families in the months and years ahead.”
The next electric vehicles to launch will be the new Range Rover BEV, followed by the first of three reimagined modern luxury electric Jaguars, which will be a 4-door GT built in Solihull.
Jaguar Land Rover-owner, Tata, recently confirmed it will be building a multi-billion pound car battery plant in Somerset, investing over £4 billion and creating thousands of jobs.