Jaguar Land Rover develops long-term partnerships with schools and has promoted STEM skills to two million young people to date. The programme is creating a skilled future workforce, motivating employees, boosting productivity and reducing absence – key business benefits with a value of at least £700,000.
- The value of increased employee motivation and productivity, versus the cost of absence, is worth at least £700,000
- Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers has contributed to a huge leap in JLR’s ranking in the Times Top 100 firms to work for, from 2011-12
- It is creating a future skilled workforce for JLR and enhancing its reputation
- In the partner schools, 95% of teachers said students’ engagement with STEM subjects had increased. The percentage of students achieving 5 A*-C’s at GCSE has increased by an average of 12.5% over the past two years
- A successful Woman in Engineering event inspired more than 60 15-18-year-olds, while a course for 30 students at risk of becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training) led to 19 gaining full-time employment
- At least 30 apprentices and graduates who joined the company in the past four years had participated in the programme
“ The success of our global business – and the UK economy – lies in engineering and innovation. JLR has ambitious plans for growth and which need innovation in new products, engines and environmental technologies. It is critical that we attract talented young people to become the next generation of engineers and technologists. Our educational initiatives…get young people excited about engineering and, crucially, encourage them to make the right subject choices at GCSE-level and beyond. ”
Each JLR site is partnered with at least one local school.
JLR created its first education business partnership centre 15 years ago. Since then, two million young people have benefited. In 2012, more than 200,000 young people from 50,000 schools directly participated in Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers, including more than 4,000 children from partner schools.
JLR supports STEM at all key stages and has six education business partnership centres at its plants, for young people to visit.
As well as promoting STEM subjects, JLR wanted to provide employment opportunities for disadvantaged young people who live near its plants. The programme raises aspirations, improves employability skills and supports the schools’ leadership and governance.
Last year, more than 1,800 employees, including 600 graduates and apprentices, dedicated more than 17,000 hours to volunteering.
Richard Hardi, Chair of UBS and judging panel chair, said:
“Jaguar Land Rover’s long-term partnerships with schools, is an outstanding well established and comprehensive programme. Today the programme is a major initiative addressing the shortage of skilled engineers in the UK – a major barrier to growth in advanced manufacturing. JLR ensures each of its sites are partnered with at least one local school and has six education business partnership centres, for young people to visit. As a result, have opened young people's eyes to the full range of job opportunities in the automotive industry.”