JLR to upskill 29,000 workers to support move to electrification

Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans for a global upskilling drive, in a bid to train 29,000 people in the next three years to support the rapid transition to electrification.

The Future Skills Programme will see more than 10,000 JLR employees in the UK, and nearly 19,000 across the rest of the world train in skills which JLR say is vital to electrification, digital and autonomous cars.

Barbara Bergmeier, Jaguar Land Rover’s industrial operations executive director said: “Our plans to electrify our product portfolio are running at pace, and we are rapidly scaling up our future skills training programme to ensure we have the right talent to deliver the world’s most desirable modern luxury electric vehicles.

“Developing the skilled global workforces needed to design, build and maintain the vehicles of the future is foundational. I’m proud to say we are committing to help plug the electric and digital skills gap with a comprehensive, global training programme, which will power charge electrification both here in the UK and abroad.”

The Future Skills Programme is part of JLR’s Reimagine strategy, which will see all JLR modern luxury cars available in pure electric form by the end of the decade.

Currently around 80% of 1,300 franchised JLR retailers around the world offer electric vehicle servicing, so to tackle the skills gaps, the company is ensuring the majority of servicing technicians will receive electrification training this year.

The luxury car manufacturer is set to retrain its highly skilled automotive engineers and production employees who previously worked on the development of internal combustion cars, to specialise in electrification, digital and autonomous cars.

To ensure the next generation are also equipped with future skills, the company is also bolstering its global apprenticeship programme by adding a further 1,200 apprentices to the JLR and retailers schemes around the world.