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Jaguar Land Rover success could lead to more jobs

14 Mar 14  | Manufacturing

 

The UK's automotive sector could be set to invest in more staff following a pledge from government work closely with manufacturers on encouraging innovation.

After hearing the news of Jaguar Land Rover's latest recruitment efforts, business minister Michael Fallon described the company as an "advanced manufacturing success story".


Mr Fallon spoke of the government's plans to boost the industry's growth even further.

He was quoted by yorkshirepost.co.uk as saying: "The government is investing £1bn jointly with industry to keep the UK at the cutting edge of automotive technology.

"As part of our industrial strategy, we will continue to work collaboratively to give companies the confidence to invest and create strong growth for the future."

Mr Fallon made the comments after Jaguar Land Rover launched the first phase of its plans to add 1,700 staff to the workforce at its plant in Solihull. According to themanufacturer.com, it is currently looking to fill 500 of the production line vacancies.

The car-maker, which is owned by Indian firm Tata Motors, is investing £1.5 billion in its UK operations, with major plans for growth. It is thought that the expansion will see staff numbers at its Solihull facility grow to approximately 8,000 when all of the vacancies are eventually filled.

Operations director Alan Volkaerts went on to say that the company would need to source the "best people" if it was to maintain its recent success.  
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