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Jaguar Land Rover recruitment drive to begin

JLR is creating up to 600 new jobs Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The first phase of a major recruitment drive for Jaguar Land Rover starts today. In the next four years they are hoping to take on 600 people in manufacturing roles at their new plant in Staffordshire.

The company say they hope to increase that recruitment figure to 1,400 overall, as part of a £500 million investment into the Engine Manufacturing Centre near Wolverhampton.

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Jaguar spotted in car park six months ahead of debut

The hotly-anticipated Jaguar F-Type coupe, which is not on the market for another six months, has been spotted camouflaged in a supermarket car park in Leamington Spa.

The camouflaged car spotted in a Leamington Spa car park Credit: South West News

The £80,000 model is the coupe version of the sports car and has been referred to as the world's best looking car by motorist enthusiasts.

A promotional shot of the new Jaguar Credit: South West News

The car was expected to make its debut at next week’s LA Motor Show with deliveries beginning in Spring 2014.

Midlands-based Jaguar Land Rover's profits soar

JLR has plants at Solihull and Castle Bromwich in the Midlands Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Jaguar Land Rover has announced its quarterly profits have increased by 55% more due to global demand.

The Coventry-based company said retail sales surged 21% year-on-year to 102,644 vehicles during the three months to the end of September, helping pre-tax profits hit £668 million.

It builds cars at plants at Solihull and Castle Bromwich in the Midlands, employing 25,000 UK staff nationwide.

Jaguar Land Rover recently announced plans to create another 1,700 jobs at its Solihull plant, to bring the total number of UK manufacturing roles announced by the firm over the last three years to almost 11,000.

Jaguar Land Rover looking for female apprentices

West Midlands based car manufacturers Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) have announced they are looking to take on more female students at their sites at Lode Lane in Solihull and the new i54 business park factory in South Staffordshire.

JLR are hoping to encourage young women to become engineers Credit: Dave Thompson/PA

The company launched its 2014 recruitment campaign yesterday and hopes to take on 150 new recruits. They also unveiled a brand new initiative targeted at teenage girls in an effort to inspire more female engineers of the future to get involved.

JLR provide the UK’s largest automotive apprenticeship scheme with 500 students across its five sites in the country. However, out of those 500, only 24 are female apprentices.

Commenting on the launch of the new programme, Mike Wright, Executive Director of JLR said: “The Automotive sector is incredibly competitive and never has the challenge and opportunity for engineers in this industry been greater."

"It is therefore critical that Jaguar Land Rover attracts the next generation of engineers and innovators to help."

Range Rover built in Solihull sets land crossing record

The new Range Rover Sport, built at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) in the West Midlands, has set the fastest recorded time for a land vehicle crossing on one of the harshest and most challenging desert environments in the world.

The home of the Range Rover brand is based in Solihull Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The record, set in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, saw the new model cross a harsh desert known as ‘The Empty Quarter’ in a fastest recorded time of 10 hours, 22 minutes. The desert is the second largest after the Sahara and known for temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius.

The time was set by a standard production new Range Rover Sport with a 5.0 litre supercharged V8 petrol engine, running standard tyres. The only modification to the vehicle coming out of the JLR site at Lode Lane in Solihull was the fitment of an underbody protection plate.

Jaguar Land Rover posted record September sales this year Credit: Dave Thompson/PA

The challenge is the second that the new Range Rover Sport has completed in recent months, following its record hill climb for a production SUV at Pikes Peak in America in June.

In September, the luxury car maker revealed a £1.5billion investment into its plant at Solihull, creating 1,700 new jobs.

And earlier this year, the company also announced it would be increasing its investment into its new factory at the i54 business park in South Staffordshire to £500million, employing a total of 1,300 people.

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