With the announcement of 1,000 new jobs at Jaguar Land Rover's Halewood manufacturing facility, there was an instant interest. The application window has now closed, and over 35,000 candidates have applied for the positions.
More than 6,000 applications had already been submitted just 24 hours after the announcement of the jobs, and by a week there was over 20,000. The new positions will support the on-going global demand for the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander 2, and will take the workforce of Halewood up to 4,500.
This number is three times what it was three years ago, and the plant is now moving to three shifts and 24-hour production.
Des Thurlby, HR Director of Jaguar Land Rover, said: "JLR has a clear ambition for continued growth and we are delighted that so many people want to join us on that journey. We are very pleased with the quality of candidates applying for these new roles and more than 100 applicants have already started with us. The scale of the response to our recruitment campaign reflects JLR’s growing reputation as an employer of choice in the North West."
The new jobs at Halewood include production operators, supervisors and engineers. Reinforcing JLR's commitment to expanding its skills base, all new employees joining the production line will receive training towards an Intermediate (Level 2) Apprenticeship.