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Jaguar LandRover will expand their programme aimed at boosting the skills of engineers

Jaguar LandRover are expanding their engineering scheme Photo: PA

Jaguar LandRover (JLR) today announced an expansion of its programme aimed at boosting the skills of engineers in hi-tech industries.

The Advanced Skills Accreditation Scheme (ASAS) was launched by the Business Secretary Vince Cable, at the company’s product development centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

This is the sort of innovative idea that will help address the crippling shortage of trained engineers in the UK.

– Business Secretary Vince Cable

The ASAS education scheme offers engineers the chance to develop the green and future engineering skills which will be needed to create world-leading new products and technologies in the future.

The new scheme is expected to involve engineers from more than 2000 companies in England taking 5000 Master’s Degree module places over the next two years. The scheme is run by WMG at the University of Warwick and delivered through collaboration with a network of leading universities including the Universities of Loughborough and Coventry.

Following the success of the programme within its own organisation, JLR approached Semta, the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, to help extend the scheme to automotive supply chain companies and other hi-tech industries.

With £1m provided by the Government-supported Growth and Innovation Fund, ASAS is now being made available to companies of all sizes in England.

JLR originally developed the scheme to raise the skill levels among our employees, and over a two-year period more than 1,000 engineers have been through the programme.

– JLR Engineering Director Bob Joyce