JLR has announced this week that they have created a learning academy for its employees, so that they can obtain career building education and skills and move upward within the company ranks.
The academy is the first of its kind in the UK and is based out of Warwick University, in Land Rover's home base of Coventry in the West Midlands.
The learning academy will train the 700+ new apprentices coming in this year in all of the various skills and technical proficiencies that they will require in order to learn the trades and complete the work in the specialties and disciplines to which they are employed.
The academy is further evidence of JLR’s commitment to quality and technological advancement that has occurred under the Tata banner.
Says Warwick University Motor Group founder-chairman Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, "The company will provide the facilities for this and also pay for it so that they are building your career and knowledge base together. It will be a chance for employees to add to their qualifications as well as migrate up the chain. Nowadays, manufacturing is a multi-disciplinary subject. The way I define manufacturing is not just what is done on the shop-floor, it has to be industry-wide. Most of the products are very complex."
The move creates a recognized process for advancement of employees along the career path and seeks to establish JLR as a “role model for lifelong learning and development across high value manufacturing companies."
Added Bhattacharyya, "They want to be competing with the best and the best is Germany, which has the best education system for engineers. With this academy, all JLR employees will be given a chance to improve their skill base."
Photo: Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya (L) and JLR CEO Ralf Speth
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