Jaguar Land Rover plans to train 29,000 people over the next three years to support its rapid transition to electrification.
The company’s Future Skills Programme will see more than 10,000 Jaguar Land Rover and franchised retailer employees in the UK, and nearly 19,000 across the rest of the world trained in skills vital to electrification, digital and autonomous cars.
Currently about 80% of nearly 1,300 franchised Jaguar Land Rover retailers around the world offer EV servicing, so to tackle the skills gaps, the company is ensuring the majority of servicing technicians will receive electrification training this year.
As well as technicians, Jaguar Land Rover plans to retrain thousands of 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.
Employees at all levels will also receive training to ensure they can work safely alongside the high voltage systems in electric vehicles.
The Future Skills Programme is key to the success of Jaguar Land Rover’s strategy, which will see all its cars available in pure electric form by the end of the decade.
Barbara Bergmeier, Jaguar Land Rover 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.”