News : JLR announces 600 new job vacancies

Dan Powell

Jaguar Land Rover announces 600 new jobs

Jaguar Land Rover has begun its recruitment drive to employ 600 workers for its new engine manufacturing plant near Wolverhampton.

JLR is investing more than £500 million in the new plant and will employ up to 1400 people as it looks to build its next generation of low emission engines in the UK. The factory workers will be responsible for the assembly of components, operation of manufacturing equipment, supporting tool changes and material line feed. There will also be a number of supervisory roles and opportunities for apprentices.

The new engine plant will be based at the i54 South Staffordshire Business Park, which is located just outside Wolverhampton. The first phase of recruitment will create 600 manufacturing jobs over the next four years.

JLR has confirmed it is working closely with local government to create a tailored training programme for local unemployed people to develop the skills required at the plant. The first step will be a six-week training programme to assess literacy and numeracy skills, before moving on to team exercises and interview preparation. The programme will be managed and co-ordinated by JobCentre Plus across Wolverhampton and Staffordshire.

Trevor Leeks, the engine manufacturing centre’s Operations Director, said: ‘Our new engine manufacturing centre is a significant strand of Jaguar Land Rover’s global growth ambitions and it is critical that we have a world-class manufacturing team at the heart of our new plant. We are looking for dedicated, committed and passionate people to join the Jaguar Land Rover team at the new centre.’

To apply for a position at the engine manufacturing centre visit

Keith Adams


  1. Excellent news as always, nothing to do with the phenomena “uk plc” just a great, well run family owned company.

    This is what happens when vulture capitalists are kept away.

  2. Fantastic news.
    @2 Couldn’t agree more with the Vulture comment but cant help thinking that Alchemy partners would of been better than the Phoenix 4 for MG Rover(looking retrospectively that is). Just saying.

  3. @3 Indeed. At the time Alchemy where vilified as asset strippers. However, their intentions to reposition Rover as a niche producer of sports cars now sounds far more honourable than what we know the Pheonix agenda was. To stuff their pension pots with as much money as they could as quickly as possible.

  4. The Alchemy business plan always sounded more realistic to me than the Phoenix 4’s plan, though there’ no guarantee it would have worked either.

  5. @7 Richard balls
    You will note I said “LOOKING RETROSPECTIVELY THAT IS”. I thought I was clear were my viewpoint came from and there were people championing Alchemy at the time, perhaps Paul and maestrowoff were among them and it was brilliant insight.

  6. Looking retrospectively, I’m starting to wonder if there might be less incidences of lung cancer nowadays if cigarettes had never been invented

  7. Why don’t we read what others have actually written? – then we may not make unnecessary comments that upset others and causes them to be rude to us. This behaviour also de-rails the message of the article which is actually about the very good news that JLR are seeking 600 new members of staff!

  8. @Comment 12:

    Exactly. What has this great bit of news got to do with Alchemy Partners or Phoenix Venture Holdings in their ambitions to take over a struggling car manufacturing business? The situation between Jaguar Land Rover’s latest news and what happened to the remainder of the Rover Cars business in 2000 is completely unrelated.

  9. What low emission engines? Petrol, Diesel, straight 4s, V6s or V8s. I’m thinking diesel 4s and V6s to replace the Peugeot/Ford units, but I could be wrong.

  10. Alchemy would probably have succeeded with a much scaled down Rover Group – killed off 25, 45 and 75, and just kept the MGTF, until further models could be developed. Possibly sold on, a mini mini UK Porsche employing 250 staff. Lots of jobs lost, and a much smaller Longbridge site. Maybe successful, or maybe snuffed out by the 2008 recession?

    I’m tired of the vilification of the Phoenix Four. Is anyone else? They stepped forward to run the business at a time when no one else wanted to! They kept 6000 people in work for another five years, and created the ‘Z’ series cars. They almost succeeded with China Brilliance. Yes, they put £20m into their pension funds, but would £20m have really made any difference to the outcome? Of course not!

    I drive my ZT-T every day, and I thank John Towers, Rob Oldaker et al for their efforts.

    They tried and they failed, but I’ve never understood the vitriol. People though always need someone to blame. I look forward to reading a more measured account of the demise of MGR Rover, that doesn’t oversimplify and scapegoat the four people who tried, inspired but ultimately failed to carry forward the business.

    Today, because or inspite of them we have MG Motors AND also there is JLR. Much to be positive about!

    • I would have respect for the Phoenix Four if they had put money into the business, but beyond a £10 note (that BMW gave them back) they did not invest 1 penny of their own money.

      Then with exception of Towers they rewarded themselves salaries some 10x greater than they had previously been able to earn in the industry.

      As for standing forward, well it was more they were carried forward by New Labour who wanted nothing but a quick fix to get them out of the hole they had dug by choosing not to work with BMW and the Union leadership that was as ever looking at the short term gain in their own pockets than the long term interests of their members.

      Those of us in the industry knew when it was created that the Phoenix 4 could only have one plan, which was to sell the business before the money ran out. I think Towers hoped he could use the relationships he had developed at Rover with Honda and PSA (who at the time were making good money in the UK) to broker a deal with them. A sign probably of the man believing the New Labour propaganda about himself, that he believed he had more pull in the global market when it came to selling Rover than BMW.

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