JAGUAR LAND ROVER HELPS MAKE NORTH WEST ‘APPRENTICESHIP CAPITAL October 25th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments JAGUAR LAND ROVER HELPS MAKE NORTH WEST ‘APPRENTICESHIP CAPITAL Merseyside-based car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover is being praised for helping to make the North West the country’s leading region for apprenticeships. The latest government figures published today (Friday 25 October) show the economy grew by 0.8% between July and September, and the success of apprenticeship schemes is being highlighted as contributing to the upturn. Overall, unemployment in the North West has fallen over the past three years, including a 1.7% drop for the under 25s, with 3.2 million now employed in the region. A total of 249,860 people in the North West have also received apprenticeship training since 2010 – making up more than a sixth of all the apprentices in England. Jaguar Land Rover employs 4,500 workers at its Halewood site where it produces the Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Freelander. Last year the plant started operating 24 hours a day for the first time in its 50 year history to cope with the increased demand for its vehicles. Richard Else, Jaguar Land Rover, Operations Director – Halewood, said: “Jaguar Land Rover is the leading automotive provider of apprenticeships in the UK. At Halewood alone we have 69 Higher and 34 Advanced Apprentices, plus we have over 2000 employees who have qualified with Intermediate Apprentices in the past two years. “An apprenticeship at Jaguar Land Rover combines the very best in real world experience and comprehensive academic learning, leading to rewarding careers. We believe that apprenticeships develop a motivated and skilled workforce, enable us to grow our skills base, and delivers better employee retention rates in the longer term. “Our people are the future of our business and Jaguar Land Rover believes that education and engagement are essential if the UK is to flourish and address the shortfall in skilled and talented engineers of the future.” The North West is home to 480,515 private sector businesses and more than 1,000 start-up loans have been awarded at a total value of £6.2 million – the highest number of any English region. Almost 3,000 businesses are also working with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to export British-made products. More than 4,000 people have gained employment through the government’s Regional Growth Fund and the region’s four Enterprise Zones are also creating opportunities for future growth, with nearly 300 jobs created so far on top of the additional work for the construction industry. Steve Corcoran, Chair of the Confederation of British Industry in the North West and Chief Executive of Merseyside-based Speedy Hire Plc, said: “After many years of economic challenge, the North West economy is showing visible signs of recovery across a number of its markets. “The region is particularly well placed, with strength in depth, across a number of key manufacturing, business services and education sectors including automotive, aeronautical, nuclear and renewable energy. “This strong industrial base, well-developed financial and legal services sector, and strong presence in higher and university education positions the North West extremely well to benefit from the ongoing recovery. “Whilst there is still some way to go before we can state that a sustainable recovery is fully in place, investment and employment decisions – including apprenticeship schemes – give a positive and encouraging outlook.” Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!