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Jaguar Land Rover starts recruitment drive

Jaguar Land Rover has opened the applications process for the first phase of 1,700 new jobs supporting production of new vehicles.

The company said 500 production staff will be taken on as part of expansion plans at its factory in Solihull, and the next two phases will open later this year and early in 2015 to take the site’s workforce to almost 8,000.

The carmaker is investing £1.5bn in the UK, part of which will include new manufacturing facilities to support an all-new aluminium vehicle architecture, which will be first seen in a new mid-sized sports Jaguar sedan, which will be launched in 2015.

Alan Volkaerts, operations director at Jaguar Land Rover, said: "Our recruitment drive reinforces our commitment to the UK automotive industry which also benefits the wider supply chain and overall UK economy."

All new recruits will undertake a structured training programme, which includes working towards an NVQ Level 2 qualification in Business Improvement Techniques.

Business Minister Michael Fallon said: "Jaguar Land Rover is an advanced manufacturing success story – their recruitment is another boost to our thriving car industry.

"The government is investing £1bn jointly with industry to keep the UK at the cutting-edge of automotive technology. As part of our industrial strategy, we will continue to work collaboratively to give companies the confidence to invest and create strong growth for the future."

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