Jaguar Land Rover has launched a campaign to recruit 1,400 employees at its new state-of-the-art Engine Manufacturing Centre.
The firm is investing more than £500m in the centre and the first phase will see the creation of roughly 600 manufacturing roles in the next four years at its plant in the i54 South Staffordshire business park near Wolverhampton.
Workers will be helping to manufacture Jaguar Land Rover's new family of low emission engines. They will be responsible for the assembly of engine components, operation of the plant's manufacturing equipment, supporting tool changes and material line feed.
Trevor Leeks, the EMC’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 entering the next phase of the programme with our small team moving onsite just last week. Today, we are starting to build our operational team for the future with the launch of our recruitment campaign.
"We are looking for dedicated, committed and passionate people to join the Jaguar Land Rover team at the Engine Manufacturing Centre."
Jaguar Land Rover teamed up with Wolverhampton City Council, Staffordshire County Council and South Staffordshire Council to create a tailored training programme for local unemployed people to develop the skills required at the plant.
The six-week training programme will cover literacy and numeracy skills, how to approach competency based interviews, team exercises and interview preparation. The programme will be managed and co-ordinated by JobCentre Plus across Wolverhampton and Staffordshire.
The EMC's team currently stands at around 100 people including 18 apprentices and 6 graduates. In addition to the manufacturing roles at the plant, there are also additional opportunities available in a range of engineering and supervisory roles.