Jaguar bucks trend by expanding UK plant

The Jaguar Land Rover manufacturing centre in the UK is recruiting staff.
The Jaguar Land Rover manufacturing centre in the UK is recruiting staff.

As Ford and GM Holden prepare to close down their manufacturing in Australia, Jaguar Land Rover is instead hiring more staff for its British plant.

Tata-owned JLR has launched the first significant campaign to recruit 1400 employees at its new state-of-the-art Engine Manufacturing Centre at the i54 South Staffordshire business park near Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.

The first phase will see the creation of about 600 manufacturing roles at the plant in the next four years.

JLR is investing more than £500 million ($1 billion) in its new Engine Manufacturing Centre to bring engine supply back to its production doorstep, providing significant new resources to support continued innovation.

These roles will be required to support the manufacture of Jaguar Land Rover's new family of high-technology, low emission engines. The team will be responsible for the assembly of engine components, operating the plant's world-class manufacturing equipment, supporting tool changes and material line feed.

Trevor Leeks, the centre's new operations director, said, "Our new Engine Manufacturing Centre is a significant strand of Jaguar Land Rover's global growth ambitions and it is critical that we have a world-class manufacturing team at the heart of our new plant.

"We are looking for dedicated, committed and passionate people to join the Jaguar Land Rover team." '

The Engine Manufacturing Centre's team currently has about 100 people including 18 apprentices.

- NZ Herald

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