The graduates are joining at a time where the automotive industry is in a difficult time. Climate change, financial struggles and changing global consumer demands have led to a need for increased technical and managerial innovation. The graduates will be challenged but will find the scheme rewarding at the same time.
Jaguar Land Rover HR Director, Des Thurlby, said: “Today marks an important day both for the graduates who are embarking on their careers with us and for our business as we enter a phase of intense investment in our future - investment in products, people and infrastructure. This is an incredibly exciting time for Jaguar Land Rover and these new recruits have a critical role to play in shaping our business and delivering our future success."
Commenting on his appointment, Abhishek Sampat, a graduate in Automotive Engineering Design said: "I knew from beginning my course at Coventry University that I wanted a career in the automotive industry. As the largest investor in automotive R&D and engineering in the UK it was clear that Jaguar Land Rover could provide me with the opportunity to learn from industry leaders in this field. It was also clear that a role here meant I would be able to make a strong and tangible contribution from the outset ".
Competition for the places was fierce. There were 8,500 applications received and in the coming months the company is set to launch its next campaign to find graduates for 2012.