British luxury car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has just handed young people looking for an in-road to the motoring industry a much-needed lifeline.
The new scheme is the first recruitment drive of 2013 and sees both Advanced and Higher apprenticeships offered to 90 and 60 keen youngsters respectively.
Higher apprenticeships are offered to those with A-level (or equivalent) qualifications in maths, science or a technology subject and it will take six years to complete. In that time, successful applicants can expect to obtain a number of NVQ qualifications as well as an undergraduate engineering degree.
Advanced apprenticeships are open to those with GCSE qualifications and run for three to four years, during which, the applicants will also receive a number of NVQ qualifications and valuable work experience.
Those apprentices that show the most promise will go on to fill roles at JLR's facilities in the Midlands and North West, including its new £355 million advanced engine manufacturing plant in Staffordshire.
Kirsty Scott, head of organisation performance at JLR, said: "We have recruited more than 300 apprentices in the past two years and are pleased to be recruiting another significant intake of new apprentices in 2013. We have ambitious plans for growth and Jaguar Land Rover is committed to providing the highest quality of both practical and academic training to develop future talent for the business."