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2 minute read - 17th August 2023

JLR creates 300 new jobs in the West Midlands

To support the continued growth of Range Rover production and the development of next-generation electric models, Jaguar Land Rover is recruiting 300 new technicians and test engineers in the West Midlands.

Of the 300 roles, around 100 maintenance technicians will be based at its Solihull plant, operating and maintaining highly automated, precision, production facilities in a new body shop costing around £130m. The new body shop will support an intended increase in Range Rover and Range Rover Sport production by 30% in future quarters.

Alongside this, technicians will also be trained to work on an additional £70m new body production system to support production of the new electric Range Rover at Solihull.

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JLR is creating 300 new jobs in the West Midlands to support Range Rover production and development of its next-gen electric vehicles / Picture: JLR

In addition, JLR is recruiting around 200 technicians and test engineers to be based at its Gaydon Engineering Centre and Whitley Powertrain facility, where they will support with testing and development of JLR’s next generation electric vehicles as part of JLR’s global family of over 38,000 colleagues.

All the technicians and test engineers will be upskilled with electrification training as part of JLR’s Future Skills Programme, to ensure they are equipped with vital skills for the production and maintenance of electric vehicles.

Barbara Bergmeier, executive director of industrial operations at JLR, said: ‘’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. 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 transforming its Solihull, Wolverhampton and Halewood manufacturing facilities to produce electric vehicles / Picture: JLR

JLR is investing £15bn over five years in its industrial footprint, vehicle programmes, autonomous, AI and digital technologies and people skills. This includes the transformation of its Solihull, Wolverhampton and Halewood manufacturing facilities to produce electric vehicles.

The next electric vehicles to launch will be the new Range Rover BEV, for which pre-order books open later this year. This will be followed by the first of three reimagined modern electric Jaguars – a 4-door GT built in Solihull.

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