21 Jun 2024
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JLR trains thousands of mechanics in EV skills

More than 20,000 workers at Jaguar Land Rover and its dealership partners have undergone training in electrification and digital skills in readiness for a ramping up of EV production, the luxury car maker has revealed.

The move, announced yesterday as part of JLR’s future skills programme, comes just a month after the Institute of the Motor Industry warned the shift in automotive technology had intensified the challenges faced by the automotive aftermarket.

JLR said more than 2,400 manufacturing employees in its UK production facilities had been trained in EV skills, with over 95% — or 10,000 of its retail partner technicians — trained to ensure they are ready to service JLR’s next generation luxury EVs.

Nearly 3,000 engineers have been trained in electrification, around 2,500 in data and digital, while more than 4,200 JLR and retail partner apprentices and ‘early careers’ employees are currently in training.

During fiscal 2024, JLR has expanded its skills base by opening a further 950 electrification roles in engineering, the UK auto giant said.

Future skills training is being led by the JLR Learning Academy which invests around £20 million a year to train JLR employees and partners. Looking forward, JLR will be training at least a further 15,000 employees across manufacturing, engineering and workshops as part of the programme.

Other JLR initiatives include what the company said was a virtual work experience programme with 2,000 enrolments in eight weeks, of which 31% are women and girls.

A schools partnership programme encourages students from diverse backgrounds to begin a career in STEM.

JLR retail master technician at a Sytner retailer in Northampton, Chloe Taylor (pictured), said: “I started my career as an apprentice, learning to work with combustion technology and more recently qualified to dismantle high voltage EV batteries.

“The transition to EVs presents lots of learning opportunities, shifting from much of the heavy part lifting associated with ICE vehicles, to more process-driven, technology-centred diagnostics work. I hope this shift will encourage more women to follow my path.”

JLR executive director of industrial operations Barbara Bergmeier said: “We are working to attract and upskill a more diverse array of talent and electrification is opening up new and more attractive opportunities for females such as Chloe.”