Jaguar Land Rover opens new centre to educate schoolkids

Jaguar Land Rover has opened a brand-new £650,000 education centre at its new engine plant near Wolverhampton to educate youngsters.

The Education Business Partnership Centre will deliver visits to schools around the country, and will also provide work placements and unique education opportunities for thousands of schoolkids in the UK.

Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover’s CEO, said: “Jaguar Land Rover is a business driven by design, technology and innovation. It is critical that we attract talented young people to become the next generation of engineers to support our growing business.”

Traineeship, apprenticeship and graduate programmes for young engineers

Employing over 1,400 people, the engine plant will now offer what JLR is calling “excellent employment opportunities” to young people through traineeship, apprenticeship and graduate programmes.

The new centre will be fitted with a range of cutting-edge new technologies, including a holographic table which projects images of the manufacturer’s new Ingenium engines to show how they’re built.

It also features iPad stations that students can use, along with miniature versions of the same robots used to construct cars and engines, which young people can learn to control and manipulate.

Peter Bilson, deputy leader of Wolverhampton City Council, said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover to support its school education programme.

“We are committed to providing the best possible educational opportunities for local young people across Staffordshire and the West Midlands.”

He added: “And the Education Business Partnership Centre will be hugely valuable reinforcing the importance of STEM subjects to modern industry, highlighting career opportunities and helping young people strengthen their employability skills as they prepare for the world of work.”

Alongside schools and colleges, Jaguar Land Rover is also promoting its Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers programme, which encourages young people to engage in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.

Scholarship to attract more female engineers

In addition to opening the new centre, the marque also runs an annual scholarship aimed at boosting the number of women in the UK engineering workforce.

Currently, only four per cent of registered engineers in Britain are female, which the company is aiming to change in partnership with WISE, an organisation dedicated to increasing gender balance within science and technology-based career paths.

As a result, it runs the Range Rover Evoque Women in Science and Engineering scholarship programme, handing out £1,000 a year to successful winners, plus practical mentoring and work experience.