Future Skills, Jaguar Land Rover’s program to train 29,000 people in modern luxury and all-electric
Jaguar Land Rover today announces a global skills building campaign for the next three years. This campaign aims to train 29,000 people in its connected and data exchange capabilities and to support the rapid transition to electrification.
The company’s ‘Future Skills’ program will train more than 10,000 Jaguar Land Rover employees (group and franchise dealers) in the UK and around 19,000 other employees around the world in life-saving skills, electrification, digital cars and autonomous vehicles. This move highlights the company’s commitment to developing its future capabilities in engineering and manufacturing and contributes to the achievement of Jaguar Land Rover’s emissions reduction targets.
Barbara Bergmeier, Managing Director of Industrial Operations, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “ Plans to electrify our product portfolio continue apace and we are rapidly strengthening our future professional training program to equip ourselves with the right talent to deliver the world’s most sought-after modern luxury electric vehicles.
We absolutely must develop, on a global scale, the skilled workforce needed to design, manufacture and maintain the vehicles of the future. I am proud to announce that we are committed to closing the electrical and digital skills gap with a comprehensive, global training program that will accelerate the electrification process, here in the UK and around the world. “.
The ‘Future Skills’ program is key to the success of Jaguar Land Rover’s Reimagine strategy, with all modern Jaguar and Land Rover luxury cars available in 100% electric versions by the end of the decade.
Currently, nearly 80% of Jaguar Land Rover’s approximately 1,300 franchised dealers worldwide offer electrical service. To address the skills gap, the company ensures that the majority of service technicians are trained in electrification throughout the year.
In addition to technicians, Jaguar Land Rover plans to train thousands of highly skilled automotive engineers and production workers, who previously worked on the development of internal combustion cars, to specialize in electrification, digital cars and autonomous vehicles.
As production of electric cars ramps up at Jaguar Land Rover factories, factory workers at all levels will need training to enable them to work safely with electric vehicle high-voltage systems.
Karl “Freddy” Gunnarsson, Lead Cell Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, was part of the “Emissions After Treatment” team and then worked on diesel catalytic converters before joining the “Battery Cell” team last January.
In order to optimize the autonomy of the vehicle, Karl and his team are working in particular to increase the energy density of Jaguar Land Rover’s batteries, on the one hand by changing the format of the cells, which makes it possible to integrate more into the battery, and on the other hand by to improve cell chemistry.
He stated: ” Switching from internal combustion to electric turned out to be quite simple. Both require a good understanding of materials chemistry and I was able to spend about 30% of my time on self-directed learning. Today, working with electric vehicles, I can see the longevity of the program and see how it fits into the company’s Reimagine strategy.“.
To ensure the next generation is also equipped with the necessary skills, the company is also strengthening its apprenticeship program globally by adding 1,200 additional apprentices to training programs at Jaguar Land Rover and dealers around the world.