Close to 19,000 Jaguar Land Rover and franchised retailer employees outside the UK, along with more than 10,000 in the UK, will be trained in skills vital to electrification, digital, and autonomous cars.
Jaguar Land Rover has today (Wednesday, 28 September 2022) announced a global upskilling drive to train 29,000 people in the next three years.
This, the company said, will be for its connected and data capabilities and to support the rapid transition to electrification, underlines its commitment to developing its future engineering and manufacturing skills, and supports the delivery of Jaguar Land Rover’s net-zero targets.
As part of the drive, named the Future Skills Programme, will see more than 10,000 Jaguar Land Rover and franchised retailer employees in the UK and close to 19,000 across the rest of the world trained in skills vital to electrification, digital, and autonomous cars.
Commenting on the programme, Barbara Bergmeier, Jaguar Land Rover Industrial Operations Executive Director, said: "Our plans to electrify our product portfolio are running at pace, and we are rapidly scaling up our future skills training programme to ensure we have the right talent to deliver the world’s most desirable modern luxury electric vehicles. Developing the skilled global workforces needed to design, build and maintain the vehicles of the future is foundational.
"I’m proud to say we are committing to help plug the electric and digital skills gap with a comprehensive, global training programme, which will power charge electrification both here in the UK and abroad."
The Future Skills Programme is said to be "key to the success of Jaguar Land Rover’s Reimagine strategy", which will see all Jaguar and Land Rover modern luxury cars available in pure electric form by the end of the decade.
Currently, around 80% of nearly 1,300 franchised Jaguar Land Rover retailers around the world offer electric vehicle servicing, therefore to tackle the skills gaps, the company is ensuring the majority of servicing technicians will receive electrification training this year.
As well as technicians, it plans to retrain thousands of highly skilled automotive engineers and production employees who previously worked on the development of internal combustion cars, to specialise in electrification, digital and autonomous cars.
Additionally, as the company ramps up the production of electric cars, plant employees at all levels will require training to ensure they can work safely alongside the high voltage systems in electric vehicles.
Apart from the above, Jaguar Land Rover also shared that in efforts to ensure the next generation is equipped with future skills, it will be bolstering its global apprenticeship programme by adding "hundreds of apprentices" to the Jaguar Land Rover and retailers schemes around the world.
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