Jaguar Land Rover helped 85 ex-servicemen and women to start new careers in the automotive industry last year.
This comes as part of the company’s ex-military traineeship programme that’s part of a series of ongoing ventures developed from the winning of the UK’s Responsible Business of the Year award in 2013.
The programme aims to address the social and economic issues of high unemployment among former military personnel.
1 in 10 homeless people ex-military
According to statistics, one in ten homeless people are ex-military and this year, roughly 24,000 people will leave the forces, 6,500 of whom will be Early Service Leavers with no formal qualifications, making it even tougher for them to find employment.
Andrew Macfarlane, process leader in JLR’s Solihull manufacturing plant, and who joined Jaguar Land Rover last year said: “Working at Jaguar Land Rover has been even better than I hoped, everyone is very friendly and supportive and happy to help.
“Ex-military people have a lot of transferrable skills and experience and I think it’s great that those who need extra support preparing for the automotive industry can take part in this new course.”
Jaguar Land Rover is also offering its training experiences to other leading companies and firms in the UK parts supply industry, in order to encourage them to adopt similar schemes to help thousands of unemployed people find work.
The company is one of 100 different UK businesses who have signed up to the Armed Forces corporate covenant, which supports the reintegration of the military forces into successful civilian careers and supports a wide range of events linked to the military.
This year, Jaguar Land Rover is set to be a presenting partner for the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick military servicemen and women, due to take place in London this September.
Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr. Ralf Speth, said: “We have also been inspired by initiatives led by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, such as The Invictus Games, and our involvement with that initiative will help create a legacy from our year as Business in the Community’s Responsible Business of the Year.
“Military servicemen and women are extremely well trained. Their unique skills and behaviours will be an asset to any company.”
Jaguar Land Rover was the first ever manufacturer to win the UK’s top responsible business award in July of last year for placing sustainability at the heart of its business strategy.
During the past year, JLR have taken the accolade to heart, delivering various events and schemes throughout the UK to demonstrate fairer and more sustainable business, including projects to boost the amount of women engineers in the UK and offering apprenticeships to workers of all ages.